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> publications/research 14 October 2005
> Out of the spotlight: The rights of foreigners and minorities are still a grey area
> This report outlines the situation in Greece. It documents a consistent pattern of human rights violations across a range of fields that stem from the failure of the state to combat discrimination, in the practices of its representatives as well as of non-state actors.
> 5 Ocotober 2005
> full-textwebsite
> Amnesty International
> campaigns/open letters 14 October 2005
> Seeking asylum is not a crime
> Seeking asylum is not a crime, yet an increasing number of people who have sought asylum in the UK are being detained under Immigration Act powers
> AI campaignwebsite
> Amnesty International UK
> publications/research 14 October 2005
> Protect our rights - a briefing document on the government's anti-terrorism proposals
> A joint analysis of the UK governments terrorism proposals from leading civil society organisations
> Published 5 September
> Blink.orgbriefing
> publications/research 18 October 2005
> Der Krieg gegen die trikontinentale Massenarmut - Migration, Flucht und die Rückkehr der Lager [The war against Third World mass poverty - migration, flight and the return of Lagers]
> This article analyses the strategy and logic of internment camps ("Lager") in Germany's and EU Member States' and international migration and refugee politics. The term "Lager" helps to identify and conceptualise the techniques of denial of rights, internment, deterrence and punishment, which serve the violent perpetuation of global injustice.
> 17 March 2005
> Full-text
> by Thomas Hohlfeld and Dirk Vogelskamp
> meetings/conferences 18 October 2005
> SOCIAL RIGHTS IN EUROPE - A challenge to neo-liberalism
> Berlin 6 May 2006 (9:30 am - 6:00 pm)
> For more information see EALDH website
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> campaigns/open letters 18 October 2005
> International appeal to abolish the EUs extraterritorial refugee camps and to demand a public inspection of the inhumane internment camps of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean region
> In May this year, the EU initiated its third attempt to probe the foreign policy situation to assess if it can set up extraterritorial refugee camps in northern Africa. Sign this international appeal to protest against the policy of externalisation and stop the plans from going ahead.
> Full-text
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V.
> campaigns/open letters 18 October 2005
> Zum Entwurf einer Verfassung für die Europäische Union [On the draft European Constitution]
> The EALDH finds that the EU draft constitution favours military intervention over peaceful means, neo-liberalism over a social Europe, private interests over human rights and inadequate legal protection for migrants and refugees.
> Full-text
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> publications/research 19 October 2005
> Journalism, civil liberties and the war on terrorism
> includes an analysis of current policy developments as well as a survey of 20 selected countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin Amercia, the Middle East and the USA.
> May 2005
> Full-textStatewatch website
> International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch
> campaigns/open letters 22 October 2005
> International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS)
> ICAMS was launched on April 20 2005 in London, Manila, Ottawa and Washington with the support of almost one hundred groups from around the world. The ICAMS report, "The Emergence Of A Global Infrastructure For Mass Registration And Surveillance", was published with the launch of the campaign.
> ICAMS websitethe ICAMS report
> campaigns/open letters 22 October 2005
> Data retention is no solution!
> Petition against EU proposals for mandatory data retention of all telecommunications traffic data (including internet usage & mobile phone location data)
> Sign the petitionEDRI websiteXS4ALL website
> European Digital Rights Initiative (EDRI) & XS4ALL
> meetings/conferences 24 October 2005
> WAR ON REFUGEES: Justice - not deportation and torture
> Refugee rights are under attack as never before. The rhetoric of the "war on terrorism" links asylum seekers to terrorism with dangerous consequences for community relations.
> House of Commons, London 2 November, 7pm
> The refugee project website
> The Refugee Project
> publications/research 26 October 2005
> Ten Ways to Protect Undocumented Migrant Workers
> This report provides expert insight on all issues that should be considered to reach just and pragmatic policies in the fields of migration, economic growth and social inclusion.
> October 2005
> Full-text of reportPICUM website
> Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
> meetings/conferences 01 November 2005
> II ENCONTRO EN DEFENSA DOS DIREITOS E AS LIBERDADES PÚBLICAS: O ACESO À INFORMACIÓN [2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties: access to information]
> 2nd meeting in defence of civil rights and liberties, organised by Esculca, which will focus on public access to information in Spain, the EU and at an international level.
> Vigo, Spain 16-18 November 2005
> Conference programmeEsculca website
> Esculca
> meetings/conferences 03 November 2005
> PERSECUTIONS DES FEMMES, MOBILISATIONS SOCIALES ET DROIT D’ASILE [Persecution of Women, Social Mobilisation and Asylum Rights]
> Persecution suffered by women in their countries often plays a role in their flight. In relation to female asylum seekers, the issue is underestimated in social movements and is struggling to gain official recognition as a valid reason for the granting of asylum.
> Paris (France) 15-16 September 2006
> Université Panthéon-Sorbonne / Paris 1 – Centre de Recherches Politiques and Southampton University – Politics and International Research Centre in the framework of the TERRA network
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Refugees in Germany demand right to free movement
> Cornelius Yufanyi, a refugee from Cameroon and member of the human rights organisation The Voice Refugee Forum is threatened with imprisonment for having violated the travel restriction regulation imposed on asylum seekers in Germany. The refugee and human rights group is demanding an end to the proceedings and asking for support in their fax campaign to demand the right to free movement and an end to exceptional laws for foreigners in Germany.
> The Voice Refugee Forum
> The Voice Refugee Forum
> publications/research 11 November 2005
> Laika
> A new German-language bi-monthly journal has been launched covering events in eastern Europe. The aim of the publication is not to merely to counter existing stereotypes of eastern Europeans in Germany but to discuss possibilities of political collaboration to formulate a cross-border left-wing politics that applies to eastern and western Europe whilst the label 'communism' has become either tainted with state authoritarianism or obsolete amongst most activist circles. Laika offers a space to discuss these questions.
> Germany 2005
> Full-text
> meetings/conferences 11 November 2005
> IPPNW meeting "Achten statt verachten - Menschenrechte für Migranten ohne Papiere" in Berlin ["Respect not despise - human rights for migrants without papers"
> The pictures of African refugees outside the barbed wire fences in Ceuta and Melilla shock us and show that Europe has become a Fortress. But within this Fortress, Germany alone is home to around 500,000 to 1 million migrants without legal residency rights who are in contiunous fear of deportation. This meeting will inform about the situation of these people and discuss how the legal and political 'grey zone' they live in means they are denied basic human rights.
> Berlin (Germany) 10 December 2005
> German section of the IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Freedom of Information campaign in Germany
> In cooperation with other associations, the Humanistic Union is collecting signatures through the webpage www.pro-information.de to lobby for the introduction of a law on freedom of information in Germany. The aim is to collect at least 50,000 supporters for the campaign. The site also contains background material on freedom of information.
> Support the campaignBackground information
> Humanistische Union
> meetings/conferences 11 November 2005
> Sweatshops, workers and international solidarity: A conference for activists.
> No Sweat’s fifth annual gathering, with high-profile speakers, films, debate, and training sessions. Programme includes film and discussion on the Bolivian Gas and Water Wars and Argentina’s Occupied Factory movement. The conference will also look at Africa’s problems in the aftermath of the G8 summit and discussions on the sweatshop-produced clothes sold by the Arcadia group. Migrant work is discussed with the case of the Canary Wharf organising drive with a TGWU organiser.
> SOAS, University of London 26 November 2005 (12:00 - 6:00 pm)
> Book conference tickets online
> No Sweat Network
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> Legal proceedings in Italy by ALCEI against Sony for a “criminal” offence
> ALCEI reported SONY BMG Entertainment to the customs police after detecting intrusive anti-copy software in a CD that is surreptitiously downloaded and allows the “back-door” tracing of material when a user accepts the product license.
> ALCEI statement (English)ALCEI statement (Italian)Full-text of the complaint (Italian)
> ALCEI, Associazione per la libertà nella comunicazione elettronica interattiva
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Access to Information Programme
> Launched in 1996 by journalists, lawyers and academics working on human rights issues
> Bulgaria 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Action on Rights for Children (ARCH)
> ARCH is a network of people committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
> UK 
> ARCH website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Andalucian Human Rights Association
> Spain 
> APDHA website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Associação Contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> Observatory on prisons and civil rights
> Portugal 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Associazione per la Libertà nella Comunicazione Elettronica Interattiva (ALCEI)
> Electronic frontiers foundation
> Italy 
> ALCEI website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Associazione di Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> Association of immigration law studies
> Italy 
> ASGI website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Autistici
> Privacy organisation
> Italy 
> Autistici website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
> Launched in 1963, the Foundation was established to carry forward Russell's work for peace, human rights and social justice
> UK 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP
> Covers civil liberties and policing and is based at the Free University of Berlin, founded in 1975
> Germany 
> CILIP website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC)
> Group campaigning against laws based on a pretext of counter-terrorism
> UK 
> CAMPACC website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Equipo Nizkor
> International human rights organisation
> Latin America 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Esculca
> Observatory on civil rights and liberties based in Galicia
> Spain 
> Esculca website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> A democratic confederation of diverse national associations of democratic lawyers
> Europe 
> EALDH website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> European Race Audit
> Part of the Institute of Race Relations, based in London, founded in 1956
> UK 
> IRR website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Hellenic League for Human Rights
> Founded in 1953
> Greece 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Humanistische Union
> Founded in 1961, Germany's oldest civil liberties organisation
> Germany 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Mugak
> Covers immigration, racism and xenophobia, based in the Basque country
> Spain 
> Mugak website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Opus Gay
> Lesbian and gay rights organisation, based in Lisbon
> Portugal 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Pat Finucane Centre
> Working for human rights and social change in the North of Ireland
> Ireland (North) 
> PFC website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Radio Nizkor
> Europe's frst human rights radio station
> Spain 
> website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Statewatch
> Monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe
> UK 
> Statewatch website
> links to ECLN groups 11 November 2005
> Supporto Legale
> legal advice and monitoring of the trials arising from the G8 demonstrations in 2001, Genova
> Italy 
> website
> demonstrations 11 November 2005
> Campsfield: 12 years too long
> Demonstration marking 12 years of immigration detention at Campsfield
> Campsfield, Oxfordshire 26 November 2005
> posterClose Campsfield website
> Close Campsfield campaign
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> NON A L'ÉTAT D'EXCEPTION [Statement opposing the state of emergency in France]
> On 8 November 2005, a number of French associations and NGOs, including the Syndicate de la Magistrature (a left wing judges' union), the lawyers' trade union Syndicate des avocats de France, the Green and French Communist parties and the Ligue des droits de l'homme, issued a statement to criticise the calling of a state of emergency.
> Statement
> Numerous French associations and NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2005
> PAS DE JUSTICE, PAS DE PAIX [No justice, no peace]
> Statement by the immigrant movement MIB on the situation in France
> statement
> Mouvement de l'immigration et des banlieues
> meetings/conferences 19 November 2005
> Flucht - rechtspolitischer Kongress zu Migration und Asyl [Flight - legal conference on migration and asylum]
> This year's annual conference of the BAKJ is orgnaised by lawyers from Muenster and offers various workshops dealing with migration from various disciplines and viewpoints. Issues range from refugee campaigns for freedom of movement, capitalism & migration, foreigners in criminal law and EU asylum law.
> ESG, Muenster (Germany) 25 - 27 November 2005
> More information
> Bundesarbeitskreis kritischer Juragruppen (BAKJ)
> meetings/conferences 20 November 2005
> 22nd Chaos Communication Congress. 22C3: Private Investigations
> The 22nd Chaos Communication Congress (22C3) is a four-day conference on technology, society and utopia. The Congress offers lectures and workshops on a multitude of topics including (but not limited to) information technology, IT-security, internet, cryptography and generally a critical-creative attitude towards technology and the discussion about the effects of technological advances on society. The Congress has established itself as the "European Hacker Conference" bringing in people from all over Europe and even further away. It not only addresses the techno geek but also those who are interested in appliances and their effects on society. Lectures will be held predominantly in English, a few in German. The language used for each lecture is clearly marked in the conference program.
> BCC Berliner Congress Center, Berlin (Germany) 27 - 30 December 2005
> Chaos Computer ClubConference (Call for papers, contact, etc.)
> Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
> campaigns/open letters 21 November 2005
> Free expression groups protest attacks on journalists and human rights defenders
> Protest against Tunisia's hosting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in the wake of attacks on journalists and human rights activists in Tunis in the past few days. The coalition has cancelled plans to hold a WSIS event, saying a series of incidents, including the stabbing of a French reporter, show how unfit Tunisia is to host a conference on freedom of expression and the Internet.
> IFEX TMG website
> IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> The authoritarian within: Reflections on power, knowldge and resistance
> Phil Scraton, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Queen’s University, Belfast, 9 June 2005
> July 2005
> full-text
> Phil Scraton
> demonstrations 21 November 2005
> Don’t turn a blind eye to torture
> Torture is repugnant, abhorrent and immoral. The UK Government is seeking agreements to return people to countries known to use torture. Agreements have been signed with Jordan and Libya and are being sought with Algeria and other countries. They are not worth the paper they are written on. The law is clear. States must never torture people and must never send people to countries where they might be tortured. Assemble at 1pm Demonstration from 1.30-2.30pm, please wear black.
> London 27 November 2005
> Amnesty website
> Amnesty International
> publications/research 21 November 2005
> Terror Australis: Security, Australia and the 'War on Terror' Discourse
> Since September 11, 2001 there has been an intense normalising practice in place with regard to Australian security. From changes in airport security procedures to the ASIO home raids that took place across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in October and November 2002, it is argued that there must be 'a further lowering of the risk tolerance threshold'. This essay critically assesses how social and political life in Australia has become reconceptualized to include the imminent possibilities of terrorism, the need for eternal vigilance and the acceptance that certain sacrifices need to be made to protect the greater community.
> November 2005
> Full-text
> Katrina Lee Koo, Borderlands Journal, Vol 4(1), 2005.
> campaigns/open letters 06 December 2005
> Open Letter to the European Parliament on Data Retention
> Tomorrow is the dealine for amendments to the European Parliament's report on the EU proposals for the mandatory data retention of all telehone and internet usage records by service providers. As drafted, the proposals and the EP's report mean that all traffic data would wil have to be kept for two years for law enforcement purposes. A coalition of civil society groups has written to MEPs urging them to reject proposals.
> Open letter
> Privacy International, EDRI and others
> publications/research 06 December 2005
> La biométrie: des implications majeures pour nos droits et libertés [Biometrics: ipmlications for rights and liberties]
> Mémoire présenté à la Commission de l’éthique de la science et de la technologie du Québec
> November 2005
> full-textLigue website
> Ligue des droits et libertés
> meetings/conferences 15 December 2005
> Defy Section 9 [S.9 of the 2004 Asylum and Immigration Act UK allows the withdrawal of all state support and threats to take children of asylum seekers into care if they do not leave]
> A working conference for trade unionists, anti-deportation campaigners and anti-racists. Plenaries and workshops on: • campaigning against section 9 • local anti-deportation campaigns - how to win • defending civil liberties • racism / fascism - defence of asylum seekers • co-ordinating our campaigns
> Manchester, UK 28 January 2006
> leaflet
> NUT, CDAS and others
> meetings/conferences 15 December 2005
> Order and Violence: Delimiting Control - CALL FOR PAPERS - British-Irish Section of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control - Easter Conference, Hull 2006
> The ‘war on terror’ and threats to civil liberties - State and anti-state terror; Privatization and ‘othering’ of state violence -- The politics of mass incarceration: Ideologies of violence and control; ‘Ironies of social control’: evoking ‘evil’; Acculturation to the ‘new realities’: contemporary ‘truth’ telling games; Conscientious objectors and civil disobedience; Ideologies and identities -- Violence and control in everyday life: ‘Gender’, ‘race’ and violence; Cultural criminology: a new approach or an under-theorised melting-pot?; Cultures of behavioural control in the UK: from the cradle to the grave. Please send abstracts to: a.ward@hull.ac.uk and/or abeckmann@lincoln.ac.uk
> Hull, UK 19-21 April 2006
> European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> campaigns/open letters 15 December 2005
> Open letter to Mr. A. Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus Amendments to the Criminal Code /Serious infringements to freedom of association and expression
> On 8 December 2005, the Belarusian Criminal Code was amended. Human rights groups warn these amendments constitute violations of international and regional standards of freedom of expression and association. Civil liberties groups fear that human rights defenders be particularly targeted, since most independent human rights NGOs were forbidden during the past three years. The partitipation in "mass activities" is also criminalised and "people suspected of terrorism or vandalism may be detained for ten days before being charged".
> Open letter
> International Federation for Human Rights
> publications/research 18 December 2005
> EUMC Annual Report 2005
> The report looks at the evidence of discrimination in employment, housing and education, as well as racist crime data, and at measures being taken to combat this. The Roma emerge as the group most vulnerable to racism in the EU. They face discrimination in employment, housing and education - as well as being regular victims of racial violence. Other groups facing high levels of discrimination in many Member States are migrant workers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Muslim groups face particularly challenging conditions in many Member States. Also recent migrants from Russia or the Ukraine may be subject to discrimination in some Member States.
> November 2005
> full text
> The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)
> links to ECLN groups 19 December 2005
> Privacy International
> PI is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations
> December 2005
> PI website
> demonstrations 19 December 2005
> Do we live in a country where they arrest people for singing Christmas carols?
> A public carol service will take place opposite the Houses of Parliament in the middle of the anti-demonstration 'exclusion zone' at 6p.m. The carol singers are coming together to celebrate the season in defiance of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act which bans unauthorised demonstrations in the Designated Area which stretches up to 1km around Parliament. At least 21 people have already been arrested under Section 132 of SOCPA since August 2005. This inclusive service will contain both Christian and secular verse, and is expected to last no more than an hour. Candles and song sheets will be made available, with donations going to Medical Aid for Iraqi Children.
> London, UK 21 December 2005
> Bloggerheads.comParliament protest websiteBBC: "Activist convicted under demo law"
> bloggerheads.com
> campaigns/open letters 29 December 2005
> Refugee threatened with imprisonment for resisting travel restrictions in Germany
> The German self-organised refugee group The Voice and the Göttinger Arbeitskreis zur Unterstützung von Asylsuchenden e.V. is asking support for the campaign to stop the imprisonment of Cornelius Yufanyi for fighting for his right to free movement.
> FAX Campaign for Cornelius Yufanyi !!!Press releaseThe Voice e.V.
> The Voice Refugee Forum e.V.
> publications/research 29 December 2005
> MISC - Multi-systems & Internet Security Cookbook
> Launch issue of a new bi-monthly German language computer magazine offering advice on practical defences to interception and laws relating to security. Concentrates on the limitations of anti-virus programmes, intrusion prevention and detection systems and personal firewalls. Regular features cover new technological developments in IT security. Order: redaktion@miscmag.de
> December 2005
> MiscMag
> MiscMag
> publications/research 04 January 2006
> Fronteras y derechos humanos (Borders and human rights)
> A collection of essays and declarations by ONGs concerning the death of migrants in border areas and immigration policies.
> Andalucía (Spain) December 2005
> Fronteras y derechos humanosAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> meetings/conferences 05 January 2006
> Lecce - Immigrazione e CPT, storia di diritti dimenticati
> A play, debate and film screening concerning the situation of migrants in Italy, with special emphasis on Italian legislation, detention centres and the tragedies at sea.
> Lecce (Italy) 11 January 2006
> Lecce - immigrazione e CPTProgetto Melting PotMare nostrum, film by S. Mencherini
> Associazione Bilblioteca di Sarajevo
> campaigns/open letters 05 January 2006
> ACLU Calls for Investigation Into President’s Illegal Surveillance of U.S. Citizens
> The ACLU is running a series of adverts as part of its call for a special counsel to be appointed to determine whether President Bush violated federal wiretapping laws by authorizing illegal surveillance. The two that have run already compare George W. Bush to Richard M. Nixon.
> ACLU adverts
> American Civil Liberties Union
> campaigns/open letters 10 January 2006
> Stop Air France and Minister Timm from deportation of Alassane Moussbaou!!
> Telephone and e-mail campaign to stop the planned deportation of a refugee to Togo.
> Free Alassane Moussbaou! Stop the deportations to TogoCampaign and demonstrationThe Voice Refugee ForumThe Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants
> The Voice Refugee Forum
> meetings/conferences 13 January 2006
> Jornadas sobre la prevención de la tortura, la implantación del protocolo facultativo contra la tortura Y LAS RECOMENDACIONES DEL RELATOR DE LA ONU
> Initiative against torture, with workshops on incommunicado detention, the role of the courts, media and civil society, and mechanisms to combat torture, in the framework of an ongoing campaign for the implementation of the optional protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture
> Barcelona (Spain) 3-4 February 2006
> Jornadas sobre la prevención de la torturaCoordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> publications/research 20 January 2006
> Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006. Informe sobre la inmigración clandestina durante el año 2005.
> This year's edition of the report about "illegal" immigration by APDHA. The issues dealt with include events in Ceuta/Melilla, deportations, documentation concerning the deaths of migrants (368 in 2005) and Morocco's role as the EU's new border guard.
> Seville (Spain) January 2006
> Informe: Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006Asociación pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía2005 Report: Informe sobre la inmigración clandestina en el año 2004Report on illegal immigration in 2004 (unofficial English translation by Statewatch)
> Asociación pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> Human Rights Watch World Report 2006
> The Human Rights Watch World Report 2006 contains information on human rights developments in more than 60 countries in 2005.
> January 2006
> HRW World Report 2006
> Human Rights Watch
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> People's Actions for Human Security in Asia and Europe
> The ASEM People's Forum 5 was held in Hanoi from September 6-9, 2004 under the general theme "People's Actions for Human Security in Asia and Europe". This book is composed of different sections from the Forum: speeches at the Opening and Closing sessions; reports and presentations at the conferences and workshops; presentation at the "Meeting Vietnam Forum", the Final Statement of the Forum and feedback on the Forum
> January 2006
> Online bookTNI: alternative regionalisms
> Asem People's Forum 5 / Transnational Institute (TNI)
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Crime and punishment in a market society: how just is the criminal justice system?
> In her speech Vivien Stern will argue that "Criminal punishment has penetrated deeply into social policy and is being used disproportionately against the poor. With the entry of the free market into the delivery of punishment the possibilities for expanding the control of people seen as risky is limitless. This will not produce the safer society we all seek." [1-2pm, free of charge, no need to register in advance. Please arrive early]
> Somerset House, London 9 February 2006
> BIHR lunchtime lectures
> Vivien Stern, British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
> campaigns/open letters 23 January 2006
> Manneken Pis dressed as "Prisoner for Peace": demands release of prisoners
> Around the world many men and women are in prison for various anti-militarist actions, including conscientious objection, disarmament actions, and nuclear whistle-blowing. For Mother Earth, member of Friends of the Earth international, has dressed the famous Belgian landmark "Manneken Pis" in a traditional prisoner costume, to draw attention to the "Prisoners for Peace", and to demand their release.
> Press releaseFor Mother Earth
> For Mother Earth
> campaigns/open letters 23 January 2006
> Fermiamo lo stralcio Giovanardi!
> Urgent appeal to oppose the Italian government's attempt to pass a new law on drugs that threatens to criminalise and introduce heavy sanctions for all drug users. The appeal is open for signature at: cartellodipendenze@cnca.it
> Fermiamo lo stralcio Giovanardi!FuoriluogoDroghe, arriva la legge, fermiamo il ministro (F. Corleone)
> Fuoriluogo
> publications/research 04 February 2006
> McLibel - On 35mm in Selected Cinemas Now!
> McLibel is the real life story of the postman and gardener who defended themselves against the mighty McDonald's in England's longest-ever libel court case. Filmed over ten years by no-budget director Franny Armstrong, and featuring courtroom scenes directed by Ken Loach. But when they sued Helen Steel and Dave Morris for handing out leaflets outside their restaurants, McDonald's found themselves desperately trying to control one of the biggest corporate PR disasters in history. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. The result took everyone by surprise - including the British Government. McLibel is not just about hamburgers. It is about the importance of freedom of speech.
> Odeon Wardour Street, London from 17th February 2006
> Mcspotlight.orgThe McLibel trialThe McLibel film
> McLibel campaign, Spanner films
> campaigns/open letters 04 February 2006
> NO2ID Supporters’ Newsletter No.38
> The bill will next get a third and final reading in the Lords on the 6th of February. After that the bill will return to the House of Commons where MPs will vote to accept or reject the Lords’ amendments. The government only won the last vote on the bill in the Commons by 31 votes. There were 19 MPs from opposition parties that did not vote during that last vote. Acceptance of peers’ amendments looks achievable in light of the government’s defeat this week, when MPs voted to accept Lords’ amendments to the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.
> NewsletterNO2ID website
> NO2ID campaign
> meetings/conferences 06 February 2006
> Jornadas de Bilbao sobre las recomedaciones del relator de la ONU
> Meeting organised in the context of the campaign for the ratification and adoption of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on Torture, with the former UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Theo van Boven
> Bilbao 6 February 2006
> Jornadas de Bilbao sobre las recomendaciones de Relator de la ONUCoordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> meetings/conferences 06 February 2006
> Jornadas de Madrid sobre las recomenaciones del Relator de la ONU
> Meeting organised in the context of the campaign for the ratification and adoption of the optional protocol to the UN Convention on Torture in Spain and Portugal, with the former UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Theo van Boven
> Madrid 8 February 2006
> Jornadas de Madrid sobre las recomenaciones del Relator de la ONUCoordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordenadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 06 February 2006
> Migeurop at the Bamako (Mali) World Social Forum - Appel de Bamako pour le respect et la dignité des migrants.
> Report by the Migreurop network about activities at the World Social Forum in Mali, and the Bamako appeal for the respect and dignity of migrants.
> Migreurop at the Bamako WSF (French, English)Appel de Bamako pour le respect et la dignité des migrantsMigreuropBamako Call for the respect and dignity of migrants
> Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2006
> Appello: Presidente non firmi!
> Appeal calling on the Italian President Ciampi not sign a prohibitionist law decree on drugs that was hastily approved among urgent measures for the Turin Winter Olympics, introduces tough sanctions and criminalises all drug users, as well as doing away with the distinction between soft and hard drugs.
> Appeal to Ciampi by artistsFuoriluogo - Droghe e diritti
> Fuoriluogo
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2006
> Comunicado final de las jornadas contra la tortura.
> Final statement of a conference against torture organised to support the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against torture, which highlights the failure by Spain to implement recommendations made by UN Rapporteurs on Torture.
> Comunicado final de la coordinadora para la prevención de la torturaCoordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 17 February 2006
> Approvato in gran segreto il recepimento della direttiva 2004/48. Ennesimo ampliamento dei poteri delle major dell’audiovisivo.
> The Italian government approved a decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE on intellectual property rights into Italian law "in great secret", using an "urgent procedure" at a time when the legislative chambers have broken up for elections. ALCEI notes that the decree targets ISPs "putting them in the position of having to sacrifice their users to avoid receiving heavy compensation claims" as "intermediaries", among other concerns such as the burden of proof to be employed.
> Statement criticising the secret approval of the decreeText of Directive 2000/48/CE (it)Decree transposing Directive 2000/48/CE (it)ALCEI - Electronic Frontiers italy
> publications/research 21 February 2006
> Freedom of speech is not an absolute: an interview with A. Sivanandan
> YS: What is your analysis of the controversy surrounding the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad? ... AS: Europe holds that freedom of speech is the very basis of western democracy and cannot therefore be compromised or watered down. It is an absolute. But that is a fallacy. No freedom is an absolute. Every freedom carries with it its own responsibility...
> 13 February 2006
> Interview
> Yohan Shanmugaratnam, IRRnews
> meetings/conferences 21 February 2006
> SOCIAL RIGHTS IN EUROPE - A provocation for neo-liberalism
> The Welfare State and its theoretical and legal foundations; From the high point of the social welfare state to the status quo; Attacks on the Social Welfare State; The defense of what remains of the Social Welfare State and the construction of a Social Europe (simultaneous translation: English, French, German)
> Berlin, Germany 6 May 2006
> Conference details
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Turning the tables on the state - achieving human and social rights in the 21st century
> Chair: Corinna Lotz, secretary AWTW; Speakers: Bill Bowring, Professor of Human Rights & International Law, London Metropolitan University; John McDonnell MP, chair of the Campaign Group of Socialist MPs; Saleh Mamon, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities; Glenn Rikowski, School of Education, Northampton University; Paul Feldman, co-author of A World to Win; Plus speaker from NO2ID
> Diorama Arts Centre D2, Regents Place, London NW1 11 March 2006
> Registration
> A World to Win sponsored conference
> publications/research 01 March 2006
> Human rights: a broken promise
> Since 11 September 2001, the UK authorities have passed a series of new laws, even though the UK already had some of the toughest “anti-terrorism” laws in Europe. These laws contain sweeping provisions that contravene human rights law, and their implementation has led to serious abuses of human rights.
> 23 February 2006
> AI report
> Amnesty International
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2006
> Is it time to repeal the antiterrorism laws?
> Speakers: Michael Mansfield QC from Tooks Chambers and Gareth Pierce from Birnberg Pierce Solicitors, Solicitor for Moazzam Begg
> Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2 9th March 2006
> Flyer
> Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers in association with Tooks Chambers
> demonstrations 10 March 2006
> Invitation to join in first annual international action against immigration detention
> To all organisations and individuals opposed to the detention of refugees and other migrants. You are invited to participate in a period of actions against immigration detention in countries around the world in April 2006 including the weekend of 15-16 April. The aim is to spread opposition to detention; create contacts between anti-detention groups in different countries; move towards a more prepared and larger second period of international anti detention actions in April 2007. Please send updates and details on events or actions to barbedwirebritain.org.uk
> Worldwide April 2006
> Barbed-wire Britain website
> UK and Australian anti-detention and refugee rights groups
> meetings/conferences 10 March 2006
> Migrations, liberté de circulation et développement
> La dramatisation contemporaine du fait migratoire, pourtant historiquement et géographiquement universel, le déferlement de passions, notamment nationalistes et xénophobes, mais aussi les croyances et les phantasmes d’envahissement qui submergent les débats publics à ce sujet tant en Europe qu’au Maghreb rendent plus que jamais nécessaires l’expression et la formation de regards critiques, par les sciences sociales notamment, sur les enjeux très actuels des migrations entre l’Afrique et l’Europe.
> à l’INSEA, Rabat (Maroc) 27-30 March 2006
> TERRA website, conference details
> TERRA et réseaux interassociatifs Migreurop et Shabaka
> meetings/conferences 10 March 2006
> Crime, Justice and Surveillance
> In the UK the last decade has seen an unprecedented deployment of surveillance technologies and practices in the name of crime control. Drug testing, electronic monitoring, intelligence led policing initiatives, DNA testing and video monitoring have all expanded rapidly. These developments are not unique to the UK, and this conference seeks to explore the British experience in the context of developments in Europe and beyond and to consider the social, political and legal issues that arise from the expansion of surveillance. The conference is inter-disciplinary with contributions from sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, criminologists, socio-legal scholars, historians, and social scientists researching surveillance practices and technologies.
> Sheffield, UK 5-6 April 2006
> Conference flyerSurveillance-and-society.org
> Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research & Surveillance and society
> publications/research 10 March 2006
> Extraordinary Rendition
> New Issue (No.89) of The Spokesman - contents: Art, Truth and Politics (Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize Lecture); Precedents for Torture (Naomi Klein); Rendition is Abduction (Johan Steyn interviewed by Jon Snow); "US does not Condone" (Condeleezza Rice, Andrew Tyrie MP), Extraordinary Rendition (Ken Coates); Who Fooled America? (Lawrence Wilkerson); American Prisoners in Europe (Human Rights, Watch Council of Europe); Plus Case Studies: Maher Arar's story and others
> 2006
> Editorial and full contents
> The Spokesman
> campaigns/open letters 10 March 2006
> Documents confiscated and criminal charges raised against Danish association ‘Oproer’ (Rebellion/uproar)
> Police authorities have ordered the removal of the international appeal for solidarity with proscripted organisations from the association ‘Rebellion’ from the web sites of a Danish parliamentary party, a left daily newspaper and a socialist youth group. ‘Rebellion’ is charged with transferring approximately 14000 Euro to the resistance movements FARC (Colombia) and PFLP (Palestine) in October 2004. The second charge concerns a statement on Danish television on 1 August 2005 by a spokesperson for ‘Rebellion’, Patrick Mac Manus, announcing that the association was in the process of collecting further funds in support of organisations on the EU 'terrorist list', and that it had issued an international appeal to democratic and solidarity organisations in the European Union urging them to similarly challenge national anti-terrorist legislation and the EU 'terrorist list'. Both charges have been raised personally aginst the spokesperson, Patrick Mac Manus, and not against the association as such.
> StatementOproer websiteStatewatch "terrorist lists" website
> Oproer
> links to ECLN groups 15 March 2006
> Greek Helsinki Monitor
> Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), founded in 1993, monitors, publishes, lobbies, and litigates on human and minority rights and anti-discrimination issues in Greece and in the Balkans. It also monitors Greek and, when opportunity arises, Balkan media for stereotypes and hate speech. It issues press releases and prepares (usually jointly with other NGOs) detailedannual reports; parallel reports to UN Treaty Bodies; and specialized reports on ll-treatment and on ethno-national, ethno-linguistic, religious and immigrant communities, in Greece and in other Balkan countries. It operates a website and two web lists covering human rights issues and comprehensive and comparable presentations of minorities in the Balkan region.
> Greece 
> GHM websiteBalkan Human Rights ListGreek Human Rights ListCEDIME website
> publications/research 17 March 2006
> The Road to Guantanamo
> The Road to Guantanamo is a feature-length factual drama based on first hand interviews with the Tipton Three, the three male British prisoners released in the spring of last year from Guantanamo Bay.
> UK 2006
> More information/download movie (from Tiscali)
> Michael Winterbottom (Director)
> meetings/conferences 20 March 2006
> Sub-Saharan Migrants in Europe
> International meeting to analyse the effects of sub-Saharan immigration to Europe on societies in both countries of origin and Europe, and workshops to discuss civic participation, post-colonial second generations, cultural productions and gender and integration issues.
> Lisbon (Portugal) 23 June 2006
> SociNova Migration – Universidade Nova de LisboaMeeting poster (Portuguese)Meeting poster (English)
> Faculty of Social and Human Sciences – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
> meetings/conferences 20 March 2006
> 2nd World Social Forum on Migrations
> International initiative to bring together groups, associations and networks working around migration and asylum issues. The main themes include the effects of globalisation, violations of human rights and regression of civil and political rights, the situation of asylum seekers, analysis of models for coexistence, public policies and co-development, with a special emphasis on the role that migrants can have in development projects and policies in their countries of origin.
> Madrid (Spain) 22-24 June 2006
> II Forum Social Mundial de las MigracionesCEAR - Comité Español de Ayuda al Refugiado
> CEAR - Comite' Espanol de Ayuda al Refugiado
> meetings/conferences 26 March 2006
> The Regulation of migration, asylum and movement in the "new Europe" - call for papers
> The impact of the 2004 Madrid and 2005 London bombings brought a new and fiercely regulatory extension to the movement of people in the context of the ‘war on terror’. Other events, such as the assassination of the film director Van Gogh in the Netherlands or the riots at the suburbs of Paris, brought up new questions about immigration policies and models of integration in Europe. Ironically, these policies and models have consolidated at the very time that the European Union is going through unprecedented expansion to include member states from the former Eastern bloc. In turn, expansion has revived theoretical and political debates about ‘old’ and ‘new’ immigration and modes of social control or conflict.
> Corinth, Peloponnese, Greece 31 August - 3 September 2006
> Call for papers
> 34th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> demonstrations 31 March 2006
> Demonstation against racist state violence, cover up and impunity
> Can a person burn himself to death while tied at his hands and feet? How is it possible that a person in a so-called security area of a jail cell burns alive and the causes as to his death remain unclear for over a year? Why did the responsible police officer turn off the acoustic surveillance?
> Central train station, Dessau, Germany 1 April 2006 (13:00)
> Mobilisation update
> The VOICE Refugee Forum
> meetings/conferences 31 March 2006
> 5th Annual Stop the War Conference
> The conference will debate resolutions and elect Stop the War's national Steering Committee. In addition there will be a number of workshops covering topics including: Iraq Today: Towards Democracy of Civil War?; Why Iran is Under Threat?; Where Now for Palestine?; Latin America – the Next Target?; The Forgotten Wars in Africa; Civil Liberties and Guantanamo; Islamophobia and the Anti-War Movement; Military Families Against the War. Only Stop the War local and affiliated groups (which have re-affiliated) will be able to send delegates.
> Friends House, Euston Road, London 10 June 2006
> Stop the war - get involved
> Stop the War Coalition
> campaigns/open letters 05 April 2006
> FoI advocates letter to Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights on access to documents
> In the first week of April, 2006, the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Human Rights will review the interim report of the expert Working Group on Access to Official Documents (DH-S-AC) and, it is hoped, approve the next phase of drafting the treaty. The Working Group is recommending a treaty based strongly on the Recommendation 2002 with mention of the fact that this is a right and with a limited list of exemptions. More than thirty FOIAdvocates members and activists have submitted a letter of support to the Council of Europe.
> Full-text of the letterAccess Info EuropeFOIAnet news
> Access Info Europe
> meetings/conferences 13 April 2006
> Upholding the Rule of Law and Due Process in Criminal Justice Systems
> The seminar will look at four themes: An independent judiciary and due process in criminal justice systems; Accountable and responsive policing in upholding the rule of law; The role of public prosecutors in upholding the rule of law; and Defence lawyers as a fundamental pillar of an effective criminal justice system.
> Warsaw, Poland 10-12 May 2006
> Conference details and registration
> OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
> meetings/conferences 13 April 2006
> European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation - 29th meeting
> The aims of meeting are: a) to discuss new and relevant themes of common interest, both with regard to the context of human rights documentation work as well as issues of particular interest to information workers and documentalists; b) to share experiences in doing documentation and information work on a daily basis; c). to develop strategies for collaboration on specific themes and in response to new technological opportunities. The local organiser is the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.
> London 8-9 June 2006
> Invitation, online registration form & agenda
> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2006
> European Civil Liberties Network call for civil liberties and democratic standards
> You are invited to show your support for the work of the ECLN and the defence of civil liberties and democratic standards in Europe. To register your support, simply enter your details below. We'll then send a confirmation e-mail to verify your details. Once you've confirmed your details, we'll then add you to our list of supporters (your e-mail address will not be displayed).
> Add your support
> European Civil Liberties Network
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> OSCE International NGO Conference
> Workshops: Security Concept OSCE; Human Trafficking; Small Arms; Racism (TBC); Kosovo; Drugs trafficking and use; Kaukasus; Dialogue among religions; Fight against Terrorism and Respect for Human Rights; Future of the OSCE.
> Palace d’Egmont, Brussels 16-17 May 2006
> Conference website and programme etc.
> meetings/conferences 19 April 2006
> Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
> A rare opportunity to hear inspirational human rights campaigner Shirin Ebadi - the first Muslim woman, and the first Iranian, to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Shirin Ebadi served as a judge in Tehran from 1974-79 – the first woman ever to do so in Iran – but was dismissed following the Islamic Revolution and was unable to practise law again until 1992)...
> Human Rights Action Centre, London 7 p.m. 31 May 2006
> Information & booking
> Amnesty International UK
> meetings/conferences 20 April 2006
> Athens 2006 - 4th European Social Forum (ESF)
> The European Social Forum (ESF) is an open space where civil society groups and movements opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a society centered on the human person, come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, to formulate proposals, to share their experiences freely and to network for effective action. Previous editions of the ESF were held in Firenze in 2002, Paris in 2003 and London in 2004 and this year the ESF will be in Athens.
> Athens, Greece 4-7 May 2006
> ESF websiteESF website (eng)ESF website (fr)ESF website (ger)ESF website (sp)ESF website (it)Network against Policies of Security & Repression
> European Social Forum
> demonstrations 20 April 2006
> Million Marijuana March
> The sixth Italian edition of the Million Marijuana March, calling for an end to the criminalisation of consumers and for the new Italian drug law to be repealed. On the same day, marches are planned in 200 cities worldwide.
> Rome (Italy) 6 May 2006
> Million Marijuana March website
> Million Marijuana March
> publications/research 20 April 2006
> Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim's Journey to Guantanamo and Back
> Moazzam Begg was one of the president's "bad people". He has now emerged from three years' incarceration - without rights - to describe how a middle-class Muslim from Birmingham, who was educated at a Jewish school, came to be abducted by the US in Pakistan, transported to Afghanistan and eventually held in solitary confinement in Guantanamo. His tortuous journey brought him into contact with a motley crew of fellow detainees, guards, interrogators and officials, often vividly depicted. The humour and warmth are striking against the background of the treatment to which he was subjected and the punishment (and even killing) of others, to which he was witness.
> March 2004
> Extract (from Open democracy)Review (Phillipe Sands, Guardian)Order (Amazon)
> Moazzam Begg and Victoria Brittain, Free Press
> campaigns/open letters 20 April 2006
> NGOs' concerns over the proposed EU Fundamental Rights Agency
> Joint letter commenting on the restricted approach to EU human rights policy reflected in the Commission proposal for a Fundamental Rights Agency. Giving the Agency a remit that largely excludes human rights compliance by Member States will effectively bar it from addressing the reality of the state of human rights within the EU's own borders.
> Joint letter
> The Social Platform, Amnesty International EU Office, Human Rights and Democracy Network, CONCORD
> publications/research 20 April 2006
> The State of the World's Refugees 2006: Human displacement in the new millennium
> Contents: 1) Current dynamics of displacement; 2) Safeguarding asylum; 3) Addressing refugee security; 4) Responding to emergencies; 5) Protracted refugee situations: the search for practical solutions; 6) Rethinking durable solutions; 7) Internally displaced persons; 8) Looking to the future
> April 2006
> Full report
> campaigns/open letters 02 May 2006
> New website launched to monitor Asian governments' candidacy to the new Human Rights Council
> The website and campaign will monitor and assess the Asian candidates' suitability as potential members of the Human Rights Council. The website currently provides information on eleven Asian candidate countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand (South East Asia), Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (South Asia), China, Japan and South Korea (North East Asia).
> Asian campaign on the HRC
> Forum Asia
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2006
> 'Kick Control' The world championship: an obsession with 'security' (Die Fußball-WM als Einfallstor für Abschottung, Ausgrenzung und nationalen Sicherheitswahn)
> The conference will inform on the planned security measures for the world championship in Germany and whom the 'preventative measures' will target. Discussions will also focus on link between security measures and urban regeneration in Berlin, and between growing social insecurity resulting from the breakdown of the welfare state and its relationship to an increase in the 'internal security' discourse.
> Berlin 10 May 2006
> Grundrechtekomitee press release (DE)Conference flyer
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 15 May 2006
> Civil liberties monitoring project for the world-championship
> The Cologne-based Grundrechtekomitee has initiated a monitoring project for infringement of basic rights and civil liberties at the world championship, and is asking citizens and football fans to pass on their relevant experiences, to be compiled in a report. You can mail info@grundrechtekomitee.de, if you know of demonstrations being banned with the reasoning they represent a security risk for the championship, or know of control and police measures implemented in public spaces, if you see soldiers taking on police functions, or if you have been affected by repressive measures yourself, as a football fan, for example.
> Komitee für Grundrechte und DemokratieBackground article (in German)
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2006
> Torture is un-American
> Petition to Condoleezza Rice: "Torture. Government kidnapping. Indefinite detention... These are not ideas we associate with the United States of America. They do not represent who we are as Americans. By promoting and condoning these practices in our military and intelligence forces, your administration has broken faith with the American values of freedom and fairness..."
> ACLU petition
> publications/research 19 May 2006
> Statewatch observatory on "rendition"
> The Observatory includes extensive documentation with the full-text of 173 documents submitted so far to the ongoing European Parliament inquiry (TDIP) into these matters - many of them published for the first time. Among the documents are detailed submissions on the inquiries in Italy (the Milan abduction), Spain (rendition flights), Canada (the Meher Arar public inquiry) and Ireland (the use of Shannon airport) as well as submissions from 26 national parliaments in Europe. Also included are reports issued by the European Parliament, Council of Europe and NGOs.
> May 2006
> Statewatch observatory
> Statewatch
> publications/research 19 May 2006
> Policing the world cup in Germany - an own goal against fundamental rights
> From 9 June to 9 July 2006, Germany will live in a sort of state of emergency. 100,000 police officers, 10,000 private security employees, an unknown number of secret intelligence officers and 7,000 soldiers are called to watch over the “security” of the football world championship. Not only the stadiums, but also vast parts of the inner cities will turn into police control areas and testing grounds for the products of the security industry - EU wide exchange of personal data, reintroduction of controls at internal EU-borders etc. seem to be normal. 250,000 persons who will enter the stadiums as journalists, cleaning people or sausage sellers had to undergo a security check by the Bundeskriminalamt (federal criminal police office) and the Verfassungsschutz (the internal secret intelligence). The world championship turns out to be a big advertising action for the internal deployment of the military, which during the championship will “only” provide technical assistance. However, the Interior minister is calling for a change of the constitution to allow the military to act as police.
> Germany May 2006
> Information leaflet (German)Summary of world cup security preparations (CILIP, English)send human rights infringements to info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> FoeBuD Newsletter
> The "Association for the Promotion of Public Data Traffic" publishes and organises events on freedom of information and computer technology. Their site contains a wealth of useful information on new control techologies and legislation, such as RFID chips, CCTV surveillance and general data protection and civil liberties issues. The April newsletter informs about their anti-RFID campaign, the world cup, CCTV surveillance at universities, amongst others.
> April 2006
> Newsletter archiveFoeBuD
> Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs e.V.
> campaigns/open letters 20 May 2006
> International Conference THE FRONTIERS OF EUROPE - Absence of Law
> 20-21 October 2006, Barcelona
> EALDHEuropean Democratic lawyers (EDA)
> European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (EALDH)
> publications/research 20 May 2006
> www.eulobbytours.org
> In addition to CEOs regular walking tours in Brussels, this EU lobbying watchdog has now launched a new website featuring a virtual tour of the EU quarter. During the cyber-tour (including video, 3-D animated images and short texts), you will be introduced to the headquarters of lobby groups, think tanks, individual corporations, PR companies, law firms and other key players in EU corporate politics, all located conveniently close to the corridors of power. While you click your way through the EU quarter, you will be introduced to concrete examples of deceptive lobbying, privileged political access and other problematic practices that undermine the democratic process.
> 2006
> Click here to start your cybertour through the Brussels EU quarterCEO
> Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
> campaigns/open letters 20 May 2006
> IADL, in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC], at the meeting of its Bureau at Havana on April 11 and 12, 2006 expressed serious concern on the threats of aggression against Iran and resolved to oppose any attempt or threat to use military force against Iran to settle what is being called as " the Iranian nuclear crises ". IADL condemns the threats of military aggression against Iran expressed by members of the Bush administration.
> IADLResolution
> International Association Democratic Lawyers
> meetings/conferences 21 May 2006
> Dutch Social Forum
> Following the World Social Forum and the European Social Forum, the Dutch Social Forum is an open meeting place for the exchange of ideas, the creation and the strengthening of networks and a breeding ground for action. The DSF aims to unite as many people as possible who want to work on a different world, and a different Holland.
> Nijmegen. 21/05/2006
> DSF website
> publications/research 21 May 2006
> Made by Women. Gender, the Global Garment Industry and the Movement for Women Workers' Rights
> This 128-page publication published by the CCC International Secretariat includes feature articles on important themes relating to gender and labour rights and 17 profiles of women involved in different ways in the movement for garment workers' rights.
> Amsterdam 01/12/2005
> SummaryDownload the reportCCC
> Clean Clothes Campaign
> publications/research 21 May 2006
> WM 2006: Die Welt ueberwacht von Freunden. (World Cup 2006: the world put under surveillance by friends)
> This excellent edition of the German language journal published by the the police and civil liberties watchdog Buergerrecht & Polizei/CILIP, focuses on security measures and police cooperation implemented prior to, during and after the world cup. Contains overview and analysis of police powers and surveillance methods and critical football fans report on the repression they face, amongst others. Non-theme articles include an analysis of the current trials taking place in Genoa, dealing with the 2001 summit violence, and how Morocco is taking on the role of a police assistant in Ceuta and Melilla.
> Berlin 01/04/2006
> CILIPOrder detailsEnglish summaries
> publications/research 22 May 2006
> Russian Federation: Racism and xenophobia rife in Russian society
> Racially-motivated killings, beatings and discrimination are on the increase in the Russian Federation, according to a new report. AI's latest report examines cases of assaults, some of them fatal, against foreign students, asylum-seekers and refugees from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America; members of ethnic groups and migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia; as well as members of the Jewish community and Roma. It reveals the failure of the authorities to prevent racially-motivated attacks through adequate policing, and to investigate and prosecute the vast majority of such attacks effectively.
> 04/05/2006
> Press ReleaseAI
> Amnesty International
> publications/research 23 May 2006
> Informe Anual sobre el racismo en el Estado español 2006
> Annual report by SOS Racismo which includes a review of racist incidents and analysis, divided into sections on EU policies, the Roma, immigration policy and legislation in Spain, the tragedy on the southern borders, the situation of minors, social and employment rights, the media, racism in society, racism by members of police forces and private security firms, and the far right.
> Spain April 2006
> SOS Racismo MadridSOS Racismo - informe Anual 2006 (buy it here)
> SOS Racismo
> campaigns/open letters 23 May 2006
> Ante la ratificación del Protocolo Facultativo a la Convención de las Naciones Unidas contra la Tortura
> Statement issued in response to Spain's ratification of the optional protocol to the UN Convention against Torture by a coalition of 41 civil society groups campaigning for the erradication of torture. The implementation of the protocol, they say, must be effective as a mechanism to prevent torture, rather than remaining a mere declaration of good intentions.
> Statement by the coordinadora para la prevención de la torturaCoordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la Tortura
> campaigns/open letters 23 May 2006
> Open letter to the Spanish ombudsman against the instalment of a three-dimensional net at the Melilla frontier
> A letter signed by a number of Spanish civil society groups to oppose the construction of a three-dimensional net, which will spray water and pepper, to prevent migrants from crossing the border in Melilla. They urge an investigation into events in Melilla in September and October, including allegations against Guardia Civil officers of causing the death of a migrant from Cameroon.
> Open letter to D. Enrique MugicaAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> The uses and abuses of intelligence in the global war on terror
> Speaker: David Rose (investigative journalist and author of Guantanamo: America¹s War on Human Rights). Chair: Frances Webber (Immigration barrister, Garden Court Chambers). The seminar will be a discussion ­ not a debate ­ aimed at facilitating a genuine exchange of views and ideas between speakers and participants.
> London 1pm, Monday 5 June
> Institute of Race Relations events
> IRR lunchtime seminars
> meetings/conferences 31 May 2006
> Illiberal practices of liberal regimes?
> Organised in the scope of the Challenge Framework Programme, this conference will be the occasion, for the 23 European partners of the program, to present the state of their research. It will put together, within 8 different but complementary workshops, participants coming from different spheres (scholars, NGOs members, high level members of national as well as European institutions, security practitioners...). The conference aims at highlighting, from a transdisciplinary perspective, the contemporary transformation of the modern state so as to as the question of the illiberal practices of liberal regimes.
> Paris Friday 9, June 2006
> Conference programme
> Challenge Annual Conference
> publications/research 31 May 2006
> The state of the world's human rights
> 2005 was defined by hope wrestling against the duplicity, double speak and failed promises of governments...
> May 2006
> Report
> Amnesty International Annual Report
> campaigns/open letters 31 May 2006
> No place for a Child - Stop Detaining Children Now
> The UK government currently detains more than 2,000 children, including babies, in immigration detention centres every year. That's equivalent to the number of pupils at a large inner-city secondary school. These children have not committed any crime but are held behind locked doors and high barbed wire fences. Five years ago it was rare for families and children to be detained for immigration purposes. Now, members of the No Place for a Child coalition have documented detentions lasting anything from 7 to 268 days. Detaining these children is wrong - regardless of the merits of a family’s asylum case. Push the Home Secretary to stop detaining children now and to trial better alternatives.
> Campaign website
> No Place for a Child coalition
> campaigns/open letters 01 June 2006
> Uni(e)s contre l'immigration jetable
> A campaign by several French civil society groups to oppose the new draft law on immigration, which would seriously undermine the rights of migrants in France, if approved. "Talent" and usefulness for the economy will become key criteria for legal entry, and the position of migrant workers will be weakened by establishing a strong link between residence permits and employment, thus leaving them at their employers' mercy.
> Uni(e)s contre l’immigration jettablePetition (sign here)Against disposable migration (petition in English)Draft law on immigration (full-text)Legal analysis by the Ligue des Droits de l'Homme
> Uni(e)s contre l'immigration jetable
> publications/research 01 June 2006
> Informe sobre tortura en el Estado español 2005
> Annual report concerning instances of torture or abuses perpetrated by police, security or prison officers published by a coalition of 41 organisations campaigning for the erradication of torture. It documents 288 cases involving 598 complainants from all over Spain.
> Sevilla May 2006
> Informe sobre tortura en el Estado español 2005Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 02 June 2006
> Documento dei detenuti in sciopero della fame
> Statement by prisoners on hunger strike in Trento prison to protest against "conditions that offend human dignity", including unhygienic conditions, inedible food, lack of access to alternative reinsertion schemes for drug addicts, lack of medical treatment. "Us detainees have made mistakes but we are human".
> Documento dei detenuti in sciopero della fameAssociazione Culturale Papillon Rebibbia
> Associazione Culturale Papillon Rebibbia
> demonstrations 02 June 2006
> Liberiamo le nostre vite. Liberi/e tutti/e, Liberi/e subito
> Appeal and poster for a demonstration to be held in Milan on 17 June to demand the freeing of 25 people who are in detention as a result of clashes during an anti-fascist march on 11 March 2006.
> Milan June 2006
> Appello e manifesto corteo 17 giugno
> Social movements from Milan
> campaigns/open letters 03 June 2006
> National Guantanamo Coalition Website
> A new website to campaign for the end of detention without trial and the closure of Guantanamo Bay has been created by the Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign, Justice for Omar Deghayes Campaign (Brighton), London Guantanamo Campaign and the Manchester Guantanamo & Belmarsh Campaign.
> Campaign website
> various UK campaigns
> campaigns/open letters 07 June 2006
> Manifesto contra a Homofobia
> For the International Day against homophobia, Opus Gay, an organisation working on LGBT rights issues, calls on the Portuguese government to comply with recommendations issued by the EU and EP. Calls for the introduction in the penal code of the aggravating circumstance of crimes committed for reasons of "sexual hatred" and for the legal recognition of LGBT organisations, so as to allow them to represent victims of crimes committed for reasons of sexuality.
> Manifesto contra a HomofobiaOpus Gay - Associação Obra Gay
> Opus Gay
> demonstrations 08 June 2006
> Emergency Demonstration: Breaking the Spider¹s Web - End torture flights; Properly investigate the allegations
> Liberty is demanding an independent inquiry into UK assistance with CIA "torture flights" in light of the damning Council of Europe report released on the 7th June. The report concludes that CIA flights carrying terror suspects likely to face torture have been given access to UK airspace and airports. It states that there is a "spider's web" of rendition flights spun across the globe by the CIA. Since November 2005, Liberty has warned the Government that the UK will breach domestic and international law if CIA ³extraordinary rendition flights have been allowed to land and re-fuel in Britain. In response to the new findings, Liberty and Reprieve are holding an emergency demonstration to demand an end to torture flights on 25 June, the eve of the United Nations Day Against Torture. Please wear black...
> United States Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London, W1 Sunday 25th June, 12 noon
> Liberty: renditionCoE reportCoE ''spider’s web'' map
> Liberty
> meetings/conferences 12 June 2006
> Ciências de Segurança - medos e necessidades
> Seminar on security that will seek to establish an interdisciplinary approach for the analysis of security policies and their relationship with fundamental rights, war and violence, with a special emphasis on risk assessment theories, the use of technologies, social rights and taboo issues such as domestic violence or violence by public bodies.
> Lisboa (Portugal) 22 June 2006
> Ciências de Segurança - medos e necessidades Programme of the interdisciplinary seminar Associação contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> Associação contra a Exclusão pelo Desenvolvimento
> demonstrations 15 June 2006
> Caravana Europea por la libertad de movimiento
> The second caravan for freedom of movement calls for an end to deportations, the closing of detention centres for migrants, and criticises policies aimed at discriminating migrants in European countries. The first such Caravan took place in Ceuta in November 2005.
> Barcelona 23-25 June 2006
> Caravana Europea por la libertad de movimiento (parte 2)
> European networks for the rights of migrants
> meetings/conferences 19 June 2006
> Book Launch: Human Rights in the Global Information Society
> The book is edited by Rikke Frank Jørgensen and the contributors examine the links between information technology and human rights - freedom of expression, access to information, privacy, discrimination, gender equality, intellectual property, political participation, and freedom of assembly in the context of information and communication technology - exploring the ways in which the information society can either advance human rights around the world or threaten them. The presentation will be followed by a keynote from Gus Hosein, author of the chapter on Privacy.
> Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen 23 June 2006, 13:00-15:30
> Details
> Danish Institute for Human Rights & Danish WSIS
> publications/research 22 June 2006
> Menores extranjeros no acompañados en Andalucía. Entre la represión y protección.
> Report on the treatment of unaccompanied foreign minors in Andalusia. Examines the situation of these minors, existing legislation and practices for their protection, public policies for their repatriation, and concludes that "they are minors requiring protection before being migrants", after providing a critical assessment of repressive measures against this collective.
> Sevilla June 2006
> Menores extranjeros no acompañados en Andalucía. Entre la represión y protección.Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> publications/research 29 June 2006
> BEHATOKIA Bulletin
> Contents: Penitentiary policy claims more lives; Torture; New moves to prevent release of Basque prisoners; Statement from Atenco women prisoners ; Opinion: Will the Spanish state finally fulfil its international commitments to human rights?
> June 2006
> Full contentsPDF version
> Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> campaigns/open letters 29 June 2006
> International Coalition on the Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants
> The International Detention Coalition aims to raise awareness of detention policies and practices and to promote the use of international and regional human rights standards and principles as they relate to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
> Coalition website
> Over 100 groups in 36 countries
> meetings/conferences 29 June 2006
> Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror
> How should we respond to the attacks on our civil rights, refugee rights and our multicultural society - carried out in the name of national security? Join leading campaigners, lawyers and thinkers in debating how we can defend our liberties and our communities... Panel discussions: The impact of anti-terror powers in the UK; The attack on multiculturalism; Detention and incarceration; Combating racial violence; Civil liberties: the racial dimension; Liberty and the global war on terror; Campaigning against deportations; Defending international conventions
> Conway Hall, Central London 16 September 2006
> Programme and booking information
> Institute of Race Relations
> campaigns/open letters 02 July 2006
> Call to abolish secret service after renewed civil liberties scandal
> This open letter by three main German civil liberties organisations (see below) renews the long-standing civil society demand to abolish the German secret service (Verfassungsschutz) on grounds of its inherent unconstitutionality. This recent campaign is triggered by yet again another scandal uncovering illegal spying operations by the German service against socially active individuals, this time targeting university professor Peter Grottian, active in the Berlin social forum and victim of surveillance for the last three years. This press release provides background information on the spying scandal and the undemocratic and unconstitutional working methods of the regional secret service of Berlin, and calls for the abolition of all regional and the national secret services, which have no legitimacy in a democracy.
> Press releaseKomitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie e.V.Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V.Humanistische Union
> German civil liberties coalition
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Rabat manifesto
> Statement by a conference of European and African NGOs that met in Rabat on 30 June - 1 July with a view to the Euro-African ministerial conference on migration and development, scheduled for mid-July. A number of claims that oppose current EU policies on migration (externalisation, readmission agreements, criminalisation of illegal entry) are put forth, and some concerns from African countries are raised, including the need for a principle of equality in negotiations, for the cancellation of debt and for the suppression of prior requirements imposed on African states during negotiations (most notably, to combat migration).
> Appeal and programmeRabat Manifesto (in French)
> European and African NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Rivas Declaration
> The 2nd World Social Forum, at which over 1,000 organisations from 84 countries were represented, was held in Madrid from 24 to 26 June 2006. The final statement highlights the need for universal citizenship and for migration policies to fall within the human rights framework. It links migration trends to the economic, social and cultural dynamics of globalisation, "which does not allow human and sustainable development", criticising the treatment of migrants as a "mere labour force", and stressing that thousands die of migration.
> II Forum Mundial de las MigracionesComisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR)
> Forum Social Mundial de las Migraciones
> campaigns/open letters 03 July 2006
> Comunicado ante la reciente detención de 60 personas en Barcelona
> A statement issued to condemn the arrest of over 50 activists involved in the 2nd Caravan for Freedom of Movement who occupied the site of the new detention centre (set to be the largest in Spain) that is being built in Barcelona. It highlights the illegality of the arrests, the violent treatment the activists suffered and criticises attempts by the police to undermine the activists by linking them to terrorism (or to the support of terrorism).
> Statement criticising the detentionsLetter from 4 arrested activists (in Italian)Coordinadora para la prevención de la torturaMelting Pot Project
> Coordinadora para la prevención de la tortura
> demonstrations 18 July 2006
> Manif contre le racisme
> Magatte Mbengue was violently mistreated by police officers when she was in Madrid airport, in transit, on the way from Senegal to France in November 2005. She gave her account of the treatment she received, and of the discriminatory treatment that was reserved to all black paasengers on her flight, in a blog entitled "The right to dignity". On 19 July, demonstrators will march to demonstrate outside the Spanish embassy to support her.
> Paris (France) 19 July 2006
> Manif contre le racismeDroit à la dignitéMadrid, policiers raciste (account of events from Libération)Petition (for signing)
> Magatte Mbengue - Droit a la dignité
> campaigns/open letters 20 July 2006
> Cinque anni dopo, genova non è finita
> Five years on from the violent repression of the demonstration in Genova, the most important trials are still ongoing. Supporto Legale, which has been working on these cases, and subsequent trials against activists (such as the one of the Rete del Sud Ribelle), stresses that "it is our history that is on trial", and that there is a need to examine the current repressive trends carefully.
> Cinque anni dopo, Genova non è finitaSupporto Legale
> Supporto Legale
> publications/research 28 July 2006
> Human Rights Impact Resource Centre
> The purpose of the HRIRC is to disseminate and share information on theories, methods and the experiences of Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) among all interested individuals and organisations.
> July 2006
> Humanist Committee on Human Rights
> publications/research 28 July 2006
> Human Rights Tools e-library
> Human Rights Tools E-Library: Direct links to 300+ carefully selected resources. Covers: Investigating Country Conditions; 2. Monitoring - Documentation - Advocacy; 3. Using the Law; 4. Specific Issues and Population Groups; 5. Tech for Human Rights; 6 Humanitarian protection; 7 Planning and fundraising 8. Your career.
> July 2006
> Human Rights Tools website
> Human Rights Tools
> demonstrations 07 August 2006
> Emergency protest and petition: end the criminalization of the Kurds; no to UK Ban on Kongra-gel
> The recent decision by the British government to add the Kurdish organisation KONGRA-GEL to the list of banned organisations under Anti-Terrorism Act 2006 represents a further step in criminalising the Kurdish community in Europe.
> Downing Street, London 9 August 2006, 5.30-7pm
> CAMPACC website & petition
> Mark Thomas, Kurdish Federation UK and CAMPACC
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Dossier I: Der Iran Konflikt
> The German Peace Network 'Kooperation für den Frieden' is monitoring political developments around the Iran conflict around nuclear enrichment and informs about the actual background to the developments. It reports that Iran is acting within its international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, gives a geographical overview of US military bases in the Middle East, puts the current danger of war into historical context of occupations of Iran and its current context of other conflicts and clashes of interest in the region. This information leaflet is intended to form the basis for an informed campaign against the danger of war on Iran.
> April 2006
> Home page and background informationDownload brochure (German)
> Kooperation für den Frieden
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Die alternativen der Friedensbewegung zum militärischen Konfliktaustrag [The alternatives of the peace movement to military conflict management]
> The German Peace Network Kooperation für den Frieden, which is also monitoring political developments around the Iran conflict around nuclear enrichment, has initiated a Monitoring Project in January 2005 entitled Civil Conflict Resolution - Violence and War Prevention, by which it informs civil society about alternatives to violent conflict management and is trying to work towards a broadly based (international) peace moment that offers real solutions to international conflicts and does away with the myth of humanitarian interventions.
> March 2006
> Home page & background informationDownload brochure (German)
> Kooperation für den Frieden
> publications/research 24 August 2006
> From facts to action: Report on the attacks against Filipino lawyers and judges
> An independent delegation of two judges and six lawyers from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium has investigated the violence against their Philippines colleagues. Lawyers and judges in the Philippines are increasingly victims of serious harassment and intimidation or brutally killed whilst in the process of carrying out their duties.
> 24 July 2006
> Report full-textStichting Advocaten voor Advocaten
> Stichting Advocaten voor Advocaten (Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation)
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2006
> Kurdish Asylum Seekers from Iraq are in danger of deportation
> We call for all humanitarian organisations and refugee rights organisations to support the Kurdish asylum seekers from Iraq and the efforts to stop their deportation. We ask you to support the campaign Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq and oppose the underhand methods being used by the Home Office to pressure large numbers of Iraqi Kurds to return to Iraq / South Kurdistan via the so-called “voluntary returns” scheme.
> Stop Deportations to Iraq
> Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq
> campaigns/open letters 28 August 2006
> Support Derry Anti War Protesters (The Raytheon 9)
> On 9 August 2006 the Derry Anti-War Coalition organized a non-violent occupation of Raytheon's plant in the Ulster Science and Technology Park. This followed direct action that has been mounted by anti-war protestors against US military planes at Shannon airport in the South of Ireland and Prestwick airport near Glasgow. The Derry protestors decommissioned computer equipment used by Raytheon to produce software for its weapons systems. Nine of them were arrested by the police, among them Eamonn McCann, well-known as a civil rights activist and campaigning journalist. They have been charged with aggravated burglary and unlawful assembly. These are very serious offences that could mean the accused could be denied the right to trial by jury under British security legislation prevailing in the north of Ireland. The protestors' civil liberties are further threatened by the terms under which they have been released on bail. They are forbidden to communicate with each other or with anyone working for Raytheon and may not take part in any public or private anti-war meeting. These restrictions bear comparison with those imposed by striking British miners brought before courts during the 1984-5 strike.
> Read more & sign petition
> Derry Anti-War Coalition
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Fenomenologia di una strategia - Il reato di devastazione e saccheggio per i fatti dell'11 marzo a Milano.
> This dossier analyses the evidence and charges brought against antifascist activists involved in a demonstration to prevent a fascist march in Milan on 11 March 2006 which resulted in violent incidents. It highlights the seriousness of charges of "destruction and looting" that were brought, which are more suited to fully-fledged popular uprisings than to the limited disturbances that took place. Nonetheless, and in spite of a lack of evidence of the involvement of individual defendants in specific criminal acts, the fast-track trial that was held resulted in 18 activists receiving 4-year sentences. Issues of collective criminalisation and the random nature of arrests are examined.
> Milan 1 August 2006
> Dossier 11 marzo (cover page)Dossier 18 innocentiSupporto Legale (ignore security alert to view)
> Supporto Legale
> publications/research 31 August 2006
> Libro Bianco: I Centri di Permanenza Temporanea e Assistenza in Italia
> An in-depth study concerning the policy and practice of holding migrants in detention centres in Italy, which looks at the legal framework, the experiences of migrants, accounts of the situation in the different detention centres, the costs of this practice that is described "a waste of resources", and an assessment of Italy's immigration policy and related violations of human rights. Also features a number of interviews with personalities who are active in this field.
> Roma 18 July 2006
> Libro Bianco: I Centri di Permanenza Temporanea e Assistenza in Italia (click on 'Indice' to access contents)Comitato per i Diritti Umani
> Comitato per i Diritti Umani
> publications/research 01 September 2006
> Perfil racial en España: Investigaciones y recomendaciones
> Groundbreaking report to examine the practice of racial profiling by police forces in Spain. Looks at the situation of ethnic minorities, the organisation of police forces and practices of stop-and-search and the carrying out of arrests. The report notes that "racial profiling contributes to unnecessarily increasing tension in police-community relations which are often already tense, as well as being an ineffective and illegal practice".
> Madrid August 2006
> Perfil racial en EspañaGrupo de Estudios y Alternativas 21Open Society Justice Initiative
> Daniel Wagman, GEA 21 / Open Society Justice Initiative
> publications/research 02 September 2006
> Between moral cowardice and illegality: the Government takes another step to consolidate the Spanish model of impunity
> The report of the "Inter-Ministerial Commission" and the "Draft Law to recognise and broaden rights and to establish measures in favour of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the dictatorship", the submission of which to the Houses of Parliament was approved by the Council of Ministers on 28th July 2006, are consistent with the contents of the motion of Deputy Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, which was passed by Congress on 1st June 2004, and, specifically, with the report requested in the said motion. This demonstrates that notwithstanding the delays in submitting the report, there existed a pre-existing agreement on the subject. This agreement does not reflect the demands of the victims' and human rights associations.
> Brussels and Madrid 1 September 2006
> Report in EnglishInformación EspañolRadio Nizkor
> Equipo Nizkor and Derechos Human Rights
> publications/research 02 September 2006
> Conference proceedings: Freedom from Nuclear Weapons through Legal Accountability and Good Faith
> This conference took place on 6-7 July 2006 in the European Parliament. It marked the tenth anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. It was organised by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Abolition 2000 Europe, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), and the International Peace Bureau (IPB). It was sponsored by MEPs Gisela Kallenbach and Caroline Lucas on behalf of the Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament.
> Brussels August 2006
> Speeches (audio files)Radio Nizkor
> Radio Nizkor
> demonstrations 19 September 2006
> Manifestazione Verità e Giustizia per Federico Aldrovandi
> “At dawn on 25 September 2005, 18-year-old Federico Aldrovandi died, handcuffed with his face on the floor in a pool of blood during a police control. He was on his own, unarmed and without a previous criminal record…”. This is how the announcement of a demonstration to be held in Ferrara on 23 September 2006 begins. It also notes how efforts were made to discredit the youth by labelling him as a drug addict, and a violent person liable to cause himself bodily damage, and to cover up the police’s responsibility while evidence surfaced showing that he was on the receiving end of considerable violence by officers.
> Ferrara 23 September 2006
> Piattaforma Manifestazione Verità e Giustizia per Federico AldrovandiComitato Verità per AldroFederico Aldrovandi blog
> Comitato Verità per Aldro
> meetings/conferences 03 October 2006
> Copenhagen International Conference: Anti-terrorism legislation, political rights and international solidarity
> Sessions: Legal, political and social aspects of the ‘war on terror’; Witnesses: Colombia, Palestine. Resistance, ‘terrorist lists’ and the ‘global war on terror’. Workshops: Middle Eastern and Latin American experiences and the ‘war on terror’; Political movements, civil rights initiatives, communities and political rights in the EU.
> Peter Ipsens Allé, Copenhagen 18 November 2006
> AgendaOprør website
> Oprør/Rebellion
> links to ECLN groups 03 October 2006
> Newham Monitoring Project
> Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is a community based organisation in East London that has been fighting racial harassment and civil injustice for 25 years. Throughout this time NMP has always pursued one simple aim - the right to a life free from harassment, safe from attack. NMP provides a 24-hour Emergency Helpline that offers immediate and specialist support to people facing racial harassment or police misconduct. In addition to this we provide casework support and outreach projects.
> London, UK 
> NMP website
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Press release condemning interior minister's stance on CPTs by the Associazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> ASGI issued a press statement to express concern over interior minister Giuliano Amato’s statement concerning the reform of Italy’s immigration law, most notably his claim that the system of detention centres must be preserved to “protect our citizens”. CPTs, as Italian detention centres for foreigners are known, are described as “legally abnormal”, and the statement is interpreted by ASGI as undermining the work of the commission that Amato himself established to investigate conditions in, and alternatives to, CPTs. ASGI claims that it is contemplating withdrawal from this commission.
> ASGI press releaseAssociazione Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> publications/research 03 October 2006
> Behatokia Bulletin
> Contents include: editor of Basque newspaper arrested and held incommunicado; Amnesty International says human rights must play a central role in peace talks; Basque ombudsman criticises regional government's interior affairs department for concealing evidence;freedom of speech.
> August 2006
> Behatokia bulletin(pdf version)Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> Basque Observatory for Human Rights
> meetings/conferences 03 October 2006
> Document 4: International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
> We invite you to a rich, diverse, and intriguing group of films - to take part in the discussions, the music events, and meet with the many filmmakers, campaigners and others who will be in attendance. It isn’t always easy viewing. But it is essential viewing. As ever, we need debate about the issues of our time. The people who made these films performed a crucial service for those of us- all of us?- who need to engage with that debate: an act of witness. See the films. Agree. Disagree. Engage.
> Glasgow, Scotland 12-16 October 2006
> Programme
> Document Festival
> publications/research 03 October 2006
> Esculca bulletin, n.14
> Esculca's bulletin looks at the legal situation of migrant women employed as housemaids in conditions of "modern slavery", focuses on freedom of information and access to documents, analyses abuses in the war on terror with special emphasis on renditions and the philosophical framework behind illegal practices, and provides a round-up of civil liberties issues in Galicia.
> Galicia September 2006
> Esculca bulletinEsculca
> Esculca, Observatório para a Defensa dos Direitos e Liberdades
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Manifiesto Estatal por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes
> This statement for the rights of migrants, which is open for signature and has been backed by both trade unions and migrant and refugee support organisations, condemns current EU policies in this field and makes a number of demands, including: an inconditional EU-wide regularisation; the closing of detention centres worldwide; to end deportations and the externalisation of EU border controls, and the investigation of the murder of 14 migrants in Melilla.
> Manifiesto Estatal por los Derechos de los InmigrantesSubscribe to the ManifestoFederación Estatal de Asociaciones de Inmigrantes y Refugiados en España
> Federación Estatal de Asociaciones de Inmigrantes y Refugiados en España
> publications/research 06 October 2006
> Le Livre Noir de Ceuta et Melilla
> On the anniversary of the shootings in Ceuta and Melilla, the Migreurop network has published a “black book” to document the situation in the two Spanish north African enclaves, which features analysis, photographs and extensive testimonies from migrants themselves. Through "The black book of Ceuta and Melilla", the Migreurop network seeks to allow the victims of last year’s events to speak, at the same time as placing this repression within the European context of the externalisation of border control policies and policies to deny the right of free movement to the peoples of the South. The 17 deaths of Ceuta and Melilla are, in fact, the most visible consequence of a policy that is being pursued and whose unnamed victims are limited to silence and anonimity.
> France October 2006
> Intro: Le Livre Noir de Ceuta et Melilla (in French)The Black Book of Ceuta and Melilla (pdf, 106 pages, in French)Migreurop
> Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 06 October 2006
> European Appeal: No minors in detention (for signature)
> International law does not allow the detention of minors on the basis of immigration status or the forced return of minors. However, the majority of European countries detain and remove foreign minors and national laws allow the detention and forced removal of children. EU Member States are discussing an EU directive on common standards and procedures for returning illegally staying third-country nationals, including children. The signatory organisations demand that EU law prohibit these practices and present amendments to the draft directive.
> European Appeal: No minors in detentionEuropean Appeal: No minors in detention (French)Anafe document on minors in isolation in reception areasList of ANAFE documents concerning minors in isolationAssociation Nationale d'Assistance aux Frontières pour les ÉtrangersCIMADE
> ANAFE, CIMADE and other organisations
> publications/research 12 October 2006
> Informe Frontera Sur. 1995-2005: Diez años de violación de los derechos humanos
> The report includes a round-up of events involving "an impressive range" of human rights violations, including information about 379 "illegal" deportations of sub-Saharan Africans to Morocco in Ceuta. The report contains a detailed chronology of events in 2005-2006, round-ups of significant events from previous years (1995-2004), direct testimonies from migrants, as well as analysis of European and Spanish policies in this field, with a special focus on Africa. A collection of press statements issued and legal actions undertaken by SOS Racismo is included as an appendix to the report.
> Spain 5 October 2006
> Presentation of the reportInforme Frontera Sur. 1995-2005: Diez años de violación de los derechos humanosSOS Racismo Bizkaiko (Bilbao)
> SOS Racismo
> publications/research 13 October 2006
> Conference report: Electronic health cards and the capitalist-technological-medical complex
> From 22-24 September 2006, the German civil liberties organisation Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokatie held a conference on recent developments in the health care system with view to civil liberties and human rights implications. The conference put forward a fundamental critique of electronic health cards soon to be introduced in Germany. But not only data protection is at risk, the conference reports that bureaucratisation and economisation increasingly determine the doctor-patient relationship and that health is becoming an unequally distributed commodity. A conference report in German can be requested by mail: info@grundrechtekomitee.de
> Berlin 
> The e-card: big promise & disappontmentConference outlineHome Page Grundrechtekomitee
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> Ottawa Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights
> In June 2006, experts on human rights and terrorism met in their individual capacities at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada to develop the following Principles on Anti-terrorism and Human Rights. They shared a common view that the preservation of human rights – not least the right to life – is the central motivator of anti-terrorism. They also believed that human rights constitute an elemental and immutable constraint on how anti-terrorism is conducted. The struggle for collective security must not be an assault on the individual’s life, liberty and security of the person. This document is the product of their deliberations.
> The Ottawa PrinciplesHuman Rights of Anti-Terrorism Colloquium, Ottawa
> University of Ottawa colloqium
> meetings/conferences 19 October 2006
> 'Gender and Migration in 21st Century Europe' workshop series
> The Feminist Legal Research Unit of the Liverpool Law School will be hosting a series of interdisciplinary workshops on the theme of 'Gender and Migration in 21st Century Europe'. The series will explore issues such as 'The Impact of Migration on Family Life' (Wednesday 6th December 2006); 'Gender, Migration and EU Enlargement' (Wednesday 7th February 2007); 'The Impact of Migration on Women’s Careers' (Wednesday 14th March 2007); and 'Gender Perspectives on Forced Migration' (Wednesday 25th April 2007). Attendance at the workshops is free of charge and open to all disciplines but will be on a first-come-first-served basis owing to the limited number of spaces.
> University of Liverpool December 2006 - April 2007
> Programme
> Feminist Legal Research Unit of the Liverpool Law School
> meetings/conferences 19 October 2006
> Fundamental rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual people on the eve of 2007 - the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All
> The year 2006 saw a rise in homophobic discourse and violence in many parts of Europe, including several EU Member States. The Year 2007 has been designed to be the European Year of Equal Opportunities for all. As a follow up to two EP resolutions (on Homophobia in Europe adopted in January 2006 and on the Rise of Racist and Homophobic Violence in Europe adopted in June 2006) both of which gathered parliamentary majority owing largely to the efforts of our group, it is important to send a powerful political signal against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation on the eve of 2007. We would like this conference to be open to a large audience including MEPs, representatives of our respective parties, representatives of NGOs as well as experts in the field of gay and lesbian rights. To attend e-mail with your name, date of birth and your place of residence.
> European Parliament, Brussels 8-9 November 2006
> Programme
> Socialist Group in the European Parliament
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence
> Violence against women, including domestic violence, is the result of an imbalance of power in society. It is a human rights violation and a major obstacle to overcoming inequality between women and men. Despite positive developments in law, policies and practices, it still occurs in every Council of Europe member state at all levels of society. To find a way out of this situation, the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member states decided to launch a Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence. The launching conference will take place in Madrid on 27 November 2006. The Campaign aims at raising awareness that violence against women is a human rights violation. It urges member states to demonstrate political will by providing adequate resources to deliver concrete results in this field. It promotes the implementation of effective measures at national level, through legislation and national action plans. Campaign activities will be carried out by different bodies of the Council of Europe and by member states. This website contains information on Campaign activities and resources on domestic violence for decision-makers, civil society, the general public and the media. It invites those dedicated to ending violence against women to browse the available information and support the Council of Europe Campaign.
> CoE: Stop domestic violence against women
> Council of Europe
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> The case against vetting: How the child protection industry is poisoning adult-child relations
> The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill will mean that one third of the adult working population will be subject to ongoing criminal checks. Those now routinely vetted include: 16-year-olds who teach younger kids to read; hospital secretaries who rarely meet children; foster carers’ friends; school governors; parent volunteers in schools; cricket umpires; private music tutors; university lecturers who teach 17-year-olds; students who help out on university open days; plumbers who check the school radiators; grandmothers who volunteer in schools; child psychologists who review adoption applications; teenagers whose parents are childminding a younger child. Running an after-school club is now subject to more stringent tests than selling explosives, or practising law.
> Manifesto club vetting campaignReport: The Case Against Vetting
> Manifesto Club
> publications/research 19 October 2006
> Manual on human rights and the environment - Principles emerging from the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights (2006)
> Human fights and the environment have become increasingly interconnected. This manual seeks to contribute to a better understanding of this relationship in the light of the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Whilst the European Convention on Human Rights does not guarantee a specific right to a healthy environment, the general standards deriving from it may also apply to environmental matters. The European Court of Human Rights regularly examines complaints in which individuals argue that a breach of their Convention rights is the result of adverse environmental factors. The aim of this manual is to present the principles flowing from this case-law in a systematic and accessible way. It has been prepared by government experts from all forty-six member states of the Council of Europe. The manual is intended to be of practical use not only for public authorities, but also decision-makers, legal professionals and the general public.
> October 2006
> Council of Europe bookshop
> Council of Europe
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2006
> UK Extradition Act - Commons Vote, October 2006
> At last parliament has decided to pencil a day to vote on the Extradition Act. Please write / email your MP to urge them to support both amendments to the UK-US Extradition Act 2003 (prima facie evidence and forum) when the Police and Justice Bill returns to the Commons on 24th October 2006. Here is a simple 2 step guide to help you through the lobbying process...
> Contact your MP
> No to Extradition Campaign
> meetings/conferences 20 October 2006
> Reclaiming Our Rights
> The government has been attacking our basic democratic rights through unjust principles: a presumption of guilt, punishment without trial, and pre-emptive restraints on liberty. These principles link diverse measures and pretexts. Through ASBOs the definition of ‘anti-social behaviour’ has been broadened to prohibit activities which would not otherwise be illegal, even to criminalise individuals who contravene an ASBO. ‘Anti-stalker’ laws have been used to prohibit and criminalise political protest against companies. Having broadened the definition of terrorism, ‘anti-terror’ laws are used to deter, suppress and criminalise political activities.
> London Metropolitan University 2 December 2006
> Programme
> CAMPACC, Institute for Human Rights and Social Justice (London Metropolitan University) and others
> demonstrations 07 November 2006
> 3rd day of Migration-Related Actions
> 7 October 2006 was the 3rd Day of Migration related action directed against the denial of rights, against the criminalisation of migrants and against all immigration controls. Actions took place in more than 30 cities across Europe, Africa and North America. Activists are demanding equal rights for all migrants, the closure of all detention centers in Europe and everywhere, an end to all deportations. Further, they demand an end to the externalisation process and the uncoupling of the residence permit from the labour contract to fight 'precarity'.
> International demonstration, 7 October 2006
> Action report and pictures on noborder.org
> publications/research 07 November 2006
> Spain and Morocco: Failure to protect the rights of migrants – Ceuta and Melilla one year on
> One year after 13 migrants were killed and hundreds were wounded while trying to enter the Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, investigations into the actions of the Spanish and Moroccan security forces involved have still not been concluded and no preventive measures adopted. In a new report based on victims' testimonies and Amnesty International's contact with the authorities of Spain and Morocco in the last two years, the organization voices concern that there are no guarantees that investigations will be thorough, impartial and effective and no disciplinary action has been taken for the deaths and ill-treatment of migrants. This means effective impunity so far.
> October 2006
> Report on amnesty.orgPress Release
> Amnesty International
> campaigns/open letters 07 November 2006
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006 - Vote Now!
> This year, the voting for the awards takes place in two different categories: 'the Worst EU Lobbying' for that lobbyist who goes the extra mile in deception and spin; and 'The Worst Privileged Access' for the public servant or politician who's just too cosy with a particular lobby group. The EU lobby awards are organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch.
> Worst EU Lobby Award 2006Worst EU Lobby Award 2005Corporate Europe Observatory
> campaigns/open letters 07 November 2006
> PRESS RELEASE – Will undocumented migrants continue to be invisible in the new national action plans on social inclusion, health and pensions for 2006-2008?
> Since the first set of national action plans on social inclusion in 2001, EU Member States have been constantly requested by the European Commission to adopt specific and effective measures to reach the objective of making “a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty and social exclusion” as it was agreed in the Lisbon Summit in 2000. Even if undocumented migrants are among the most socially excluded groups in Europe today, almost no mention of their presence and marginalization has been made in the different national plans on social inclusion so far.
> Press release
> meetings/conferences 04 January 2007
> CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (AUDIO FILES): CIA flights, extraordinary renditions, secret prisons. American policy and European complicity
> Proceedings from conference organised by Nordic Green Left and United Left Groups in the European Parliament and Rifondazione Comunista, Italy. [Convegno dal titolo "Voli della Cia, extraordinary renditions, carceri segrete. Strategia americana e complicità europea"; audio files in Italian, German and English]
> Milan 16 December 2006
> Audio files
> RadioRadicale.it
> meetings/conferences 06 January 2007
> The European Constitution - Critiques and Alternatives
> Germany has taken on the EU presidency for the first half of 2007 and has announced to push for ratification of the EU Constitution by the end of 2008 (during the French presidency). Attac Germany is holding an international conference to discuss its ideas about an alternative constitution and define its content in a common statement. Discussion blocks will include: debates on what a constitution should contain, democratic participation in EU institutions and neoliberalism in relation to basic rights and economic and social policy. For more information contact Regina Viotto, regina.viotto (at) uni-bielefeld.de
> Hanover, Germany 23-24 June 2007
> Conference announcement, Attac-GermanyEALDH
> Attac-Germany & EALDH
> campaigns/open letters 10 January 2007
> Request for convicting Rumsfeld et al. for war crimes
> On 14 November 2006, four Iraqi torture victims lodged a criminal complaint with the “Generalbundesanwalt” in Karlsruhe, Germany. The criminal complaint is a request for the German Federal Prosecutor to open an investigation and, ultimately, a criminal prosecution that will look into the responsibility of high-ranking U.S. officials for authorizing war crimes in the context of the so-called “War on Terror.” The complaint is brought on behalf of 12 torture victims – 12 Iraqi citizens who were held at Abu Ghraib prison and one Guantánamo detainee – and is being filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) and others, all represented by Berlin Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck.
> Background info on CCR websiteRAVTrial Watch
> meetings/conferences 12 January 2007
> World Social Forum 2007
> The 7th World Social Forum (WSF) will be held from 20 until 25 January 2007 at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, Nairobi and is expected to host up to 150,000 delegates from all over the world. Over 1,000 activities will take place in the 106 spaces provided at the venue. Rallying around the call of Another World Is Possible, the World Social Forum has placed social justice, international solidarity, gender equality, peace and defence of the environment on the agenda of the world’s peoples. From its modest origins in Porto Alegre in the year 2001, to Mumbai, Bamako, Caracas, Karachi and now Nairobi, the forces and the contingents of the World Social Forum have collectively expanded the democratic spaces of those seeking concrete, sustainable and progressive alternatives to neo-liberalism and imperialist globalisation.
> Nairobi 20/01/2007
> WSF website
> publications/research 01 February 2007
> Informe Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006
> 2006 edition of this comprehensive annual report on human rights on the southern border of Spain makes for some thought-provoking reading. It reports a three-fold increase in the number of deaths (1,167 documented deaths, estimates of up to 7,000), continuing and serious human rights violations by Morocco, acting on behalf of the EU and, albeit less crudely, by Spanish authorities, in repatriations, detention centres, etc. It also focuses on the allocation of vast resources for border controls and on attempts to involve African countries in preventing emigration, in what is deceitfully referred to as "cooperation".
> Andalucía January 2007
> Informe sobre Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Sur 2006 (Spanish)APDHA press releaseAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía website
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA)
> publications/research 01 February 2007
> Informe sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Córdoba 2006
> This report on the human rights situation in Córdoba in 2006 focuses on issues including the social exclusion affecting around 8,600 households, the city's prison, which has the national record for deaths in custody (41 between 2001 and 2005) and the lack of assistance for AIDS sufferers. The report's subtitle is indicative: "We are responsible for keeping our eyes open in a world of blind people".
> Córdoba 10 December 2006
> Informe sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Córdoba 2006 (Spanish)Asociación pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) website
> Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía - Córdoba
> publications/research 02 February 2007
> Esculca Bulletin, n.15, December 2006
> This issue presents proposals to improve the situation of AIDS sufferers in prisons and illustrates the observatory’s activities to celebrate the anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights and to promote programmes for young offenders in Teixero prison. It reports a number of incidents in Galician prisons, allegations of illegal arrest and torture made by detained demonstrators in Compostela, the reform of the penal regime for children, and the “opaque” way in which the Spanish candidate for the UN Subcommittee of the Optional Protocol to the Torture Convention was chosen, as well as criticising the choice. In-depth analyses of State-Church relations (from a legal viewpoint) and of the political exclusion of detainees are featured, as is the text of the International Covenant on civil and political rights, as part of Esculca’s efforts to make key human rights texts available in Galician.
> Galicia 13 December 2006
> Esculca Bulletin, n.15Esculca website
> Esculca, Observatório para a defensa dos direitos e libertades
> campaigns/open letters 02 February 2007
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia & La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressione
> Two statements by ALCEI, which works in defence of Internet freedom in Italy. The first criticises the establishment, as a measure implementing the law against prostitution, pornography, sexual tourism involving children and new forms of slavery, of the “National centre to combat paedopornography” to collect information, investigate people suspected of divulging material with paedopornographic content and draw up blacklists of websites and illegal contents, which ISPs will have to block or remove within six hours of communication. “Experience has amply shown how this kind of measures is ineffective in the ‘protection of minors’, in the prevention or repression of violence, etcetera, while it opens up the road to all sorts of censorship, prohibition and intrusiveness that can be indiscriminately applied to any kind of ‘unwelcome’ opinion.” The second expresses alarm about the debate that followed the publication on Youtube of images of a disabled child being ill-treated by classmates, in which responsibility was apportioned to “Internet” rather than the culprits, and there were renewed calls for “censorship and repression”, with ISPs and search engines singled out as targets for punishment (and Google facing possible penal proceedings in this case) if they fail to monitor and censor contents.
> “Decreto Gentiloni” e contrasto alla pedopornografia (Italian)La violenza giovanile e il caso Google: ennesimo pretesto per invocare censura e repressioneThe "Google case" in Italy: one more excuse for censorship and repression (English)ALCEI website
> ALCEI, Associazione per la Libertà nelle Comunicazioni Elettroniche Interattive
> publications/research 02 February 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal Standard
> As Council of Europe experts debate the conversion of Recommendation 2002(2) on Access to Official Documents into a binding treaty, two issues need to be addressed. The first, is whether the right is of is one of access to documents or access to information, the second, is whether there exists sufficient consistency in international standards to require that the future treaty to set binding standards rather than laying out a shopping list of options available to member states. This paper shows that the right to information that has emerged in the past four decades is a right of access to information rather than a narrower right of access to documents. Core standards on access to information exist, indicating that any future treaty developed by the Council of Europe should set absolute standards. It is recommended that, whatever form the final treaty takes, the Council of Europe ensure that it enshrines the highest standards set by access to information laws in Europe and globally.
> Madrid 17 January 2007
> Access Information: A Universal Right, A Universal StandardAccess Info Europe website
> Access Info Europe
> campaigns/open letters 02 February 2007
> Placement des mineurs migrants en centre de retention: une atteinte intolerable aux droits de l’enfant
> Statement criticising the detention of migrant children in closed centres in the EU, which offers an interesting overview, noting that there are three categories of states: those that expressly allow the detention of migrant children (Netherlands and Belgium), those that explicitly prohibit it (Finland, Ireland, Italy) although practices sometimes contravene the theory, and hybrid regimes (such as France or the UK). AEDH calls for the detention of migrant children arriving on European territory to be categorically forbidden. The statement mentions a case heard by the ECtHR, which ruled against Belgium on 12 October 2006 in a case involving the detention and expulsion to Kinshasa in 2002 of a 5-year-old Congolese child travelling through Belgium en route to Canada, where she was meant to rejoin her mother, a refugee (Mubilanzila Mayeke and Kaniki Mitunga vs. Belgium). A press conference on 21 December was accompanied by the lodging of two lawsuits, one calling for the release of all children detained in Belgium, and another accusing the interior ministry of contravening norms on obligatory schooling, and the prohibitions of arbitrary detention and inhuman and degrading treatment, by detaining children.
> Placement des mineurs migrants en centre de retention: une atteinte intolerable aux droits de l’enfant (French)AEDH website
> AEDH, Association européenne pour la défense des droits de l’homme
> campaigns/open letters 09 February 2007
> Serbia rejects biometric ID cards
> A grass-roots campaign in Serbia successfully pressed the Serbian government to back off on a plan to make biometric data compulsory in the country's new ID cards. The decision followed a pitched battle prior to the 21 January 2007 election as opponents criticized the accompanying plan for a centralized database of citizen information and the taking of fingerprints.
> EDRI-gram - Number 5.2, 31 January 2007
> European Digital Rights
> meetings/conferences 09 February 2007
> Autonomy: Fencing in Freedoms on the Electronic Frontier
> We are moving to a world of ubiquitous surveillance, faster than anyone could have imagined. More ominously, the computers that take charge of the world, aptly foretold in Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, are here. Meet Hal, your new cell phone, that will decide when it will turn itself on and on off, and when it will report your geographical location to the authorities. Meet Hal, your new refrigerator that reorders the food as it expires…or not, depending on what your health care provider stipulates. Meet Hal, the robot that is looking after your mother in her assisted living apartment, nagging her to take her pills, monitoring her blood sugar, her caloric intake, and her mood swings. Meet Hal, the resource manager that operates on behalf of your utility company to ensure you do not over-consume. Meet Hal, the friendly update manager who takes over your computer to make sure you have the latest anti-virus protection, the latest digital rights management software to ensure you only do what you are allowed to do with the music you buy. Who is in control of this new world?
> Montreal, Canada 1-4 May 2007
> CFP2007 website
> Computers, Freedom and Privacy - CFP2007
> meetings/conferences 09 February 2007
> Human Rights and Human Wrongs
> Critical Legal Studies and Practice; Palestine and Israel; War on Terror and Civil Liberties; Controlling Damage to the Environment; Personal Injuries and Compensation Culture; The Human Rights Act; Immigration and Asylum; Racism and Islamaphobia; Criminal Justice System; Capitalism-has it a future?; and many others
> Kent University, Canterbury, UK 24-25 February 2007,
> Conference flyer
> National Critical Lawyers’ Group Conference 2007
> demonstrations 13 February 2007
> Towards the repeal of Bossi-Fini Law. National demonstration in Bologna.
> Towards the repeal of Bossi-Fini Law. First step: the closure of all detention centres. Struggles against detention centres have started in 1998 and stayed at the top of the movements’ agenda. Many hoped that Prodi’s government would start to change politics in migration flows management, unfortunately it did not. There are no signs of a reform of the Bossi-Fini Law and detention centres will not be abolished, they are even extending to EU borderline countries, where migrants pass through in their journey to Europe. The left wing government continued agreements by Berlusconi with Libya and cooperation with Spain, Senegal and Malta in the military surveillance of Western and Northern Africa. In Bologna, movements have been opposing ethnic jails, invaded and dismantled them. They supported migrants and they attacked businesses involved in detention-deportation chain. This is why we propose to come together for a demonstration on 3 March in Bologna to oppose the exploitation of migrants. In the name of a different Europe, where every woman and man have the right to live freely and independently from nationality, we wish to build a mobilisation that forces governments to close all detention centres, our century’s concentration camp.
> Bologna, Italy, 3 March 2007
> English call out
> Teatro Polivalente Occupato (TPO), Bologna
> demonstrations 23 February 2007
> Sveglia! È l’ora dei diritti! Manifestazione nazionale per le unioni civili
> Call for a national demonstration for the rights of civil partnerships in Rome on 10 March 2007. For equal rights for unmarried couples, both hetero- and homosexual, freedom and secularism. Includes criticism of the proposed DiCo law (on rights for couples living together) as an unwarranted reduction of the scope of PACS (Civil Solidarity Pacts).
> Rome 10 March 2007
> Sveglia! È l’ora dei diritti!Appeal for the demonstrationText of the draft law on civil partnerships and critical LGTB commentary
> Diritti ora!
> meetings/conferences 01 March 2007
> La regulación del acceso a los archivos que testimonian la represión en el proyecto de ley de "memoria histórica": respeto a la intimidad o vía de impunidad?
> Public conference and debate session organised by the Association of Spanish Civil Service Archive Workers, a group that is working for the defence of public archives as a guarantee of administrative transparency and the defence of citizens' rights. AEFP draws attention to an article in the draft "law on historical memory" that replaces access to documents identifying possible culprits or people involved in specific actions, with a certification of their content. In relation to documents about repression in Spain's recent history, they ask: is it protection of privacy or a way to ensure impunity?
> Madrid 7 March 2007
> Presentation of the ConferenceAEFP website
> publications/research 24 May 2007
> UK: racism and the state 2007
> On 16 September 2006, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) held a unique conference in London on ‘Racism, Liberty and the War on Terror’, attended by over 250 participants, including human rights activists, community workers, lawyers, students, radical academics and solidarity groups. The April 2007 edition of the IRR journal Race & Class features extracts from the pioneering conference, including speeches and talks by Gareth Peirce, A. Sivanandan, Salma Yaqoob, Tony Bunyan, David Rose, Victoria Brittain and Herman Ouseley. Together with a range of other contributors from community organisations around the UK, they dissect the recent media attacks on multiculturalism and document the impact of the ‘war on terror’, both on local communities and internationally.
> April 2007
> Institute of Race Relations
> Race & Class - conference special
> ECLN alert 24 May 2007
> Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights - European Union hearing - call for evidence
> May 2007
> Call for submissions (English/French)ICJ Eminent Jurists Panel
> publications/research 24 May 2007
> Film on "The shocking truth about how our fundamental personal freedoms have been gradually eroded by Tony Blair’s government... TAKING LIBERTIES uncovers the stories the government don’t want you to hear – so ridiculous you will laugh, so ultimately terrifying you will want to take action. Grannies arrested under the Serious Organised Crime Act; young sisters detained for 36 hours for a peaceful protest; an RAF war veteran arrested for wearing an ‘Bollocks to Blair’ T-shirt. Ordinary law-abiding citizens being punished for exercising their ‘rights’ – rights that have been fought for over centuries, and which seem to have been extinguished in a decade. Irreverent but revelatory, outrageous but true...
> Released in Cinemas on June 8th 2007
> TralierTaking Liberties website
> Revolver Group
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2007
> "Aquí vivo, aquí voto". Por una ciudadanía plena.
> Ongoing campaign by 18 organisations for the recognition of the right to vote of third country migrants living in Spain. Its claims include: 1) recognition of their right to vote and stand in local and European elections; 2) the later extension of this right to regional and general elections; 3) the removal of legal obstacles in terms of full equality of rights (access to housing, public jobs, grants...); and 4) legal and social instruments giving people a right to emigrate. For the May 2007 elections, the campaign's initiatives include citizens ceding their vote to immigrant residents.
> Aquí vivo, aquí votoInstructions for ceding vote initiativeAsociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía
> Plataforma Tod @s Iguales, Tod@s Ciudadan@s
> publications/research 27 May 2007
> Ilegalización de candidaturas electolares en Euskal Herria
> Critical report that analyses the illegalisation of candidatures to run in local elections in the Basque Country on 27 May 2007. The candidatures are ASB (Abertzale Sozialisten Batasuna), which was deemed to be a party born under the auspices of Batasuna (illegalised by the Ley de Partidos), whereas many of the electoral lists of ANV-EAE (Acción Nacionalista Vasca –Eusko Abertzale Ekintza) were deemed to have been "contaminated" or "infiltrated" by Batasuna members. A detailed description of the judicial process of illegalisation deems that the decisions "have a scarce legal quality... are inspired by political determinations... and contravene the right of active suffrage", depriving Basques the chance to vote for an option that is deep-rooted in society.
> Euskal Herria (Basque Country) May 2007
> Ilegalización de candidaturas electolares en Euskal HerriaCandidatures declared illegal in the Basque CountryEuskal Herria Watch
> EHwatch
> publications/research 27 May 2007
> La Tortura en el Estado español en el año 2006
> The 2006 annual report on torture in the Spanish state was presented in Santiago de Compostela on 12 May 2007. It features details of 610 reports of torture arising from 266 different situations in 2006, and a follow-up of claims from previous years (over 4,000 in five years), and details from reports produced by international bodies that criticise the persistence of this problem in Spain. It features a breakdown of where the reported events took place (led by Catalunya and Galicia), the police bodies responsible for the violations, and the social groups that were on the receiving end of violent actions (led by trade unionists and members of social movements). A report on torture in Galicia was also published.
> Santiago de Compostela 12 May 2007
> Coordinadora press statement and reportCoordinadora para la Prevención de la Tortura2006 report on torture in Galicia
> Coordinadora para la Prevención de la Tortura
> campaigns/open letters 29 May 2007
> On the occasion of the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, extensive restrictions of fundamental rights as well as civil rights and liberties are to be feared. The federal government and the police already conjure up violent conflicts in the run-up to the summit. Doing this, they aim at preventing legitimate and many-voiced protests on the spot or at least to intimidate and criminalise the protesters. The fundamental rights of freedom of opinion and freedom of assembly will have to be defended in the court room, but also on the streets and during meetings and demonstrations. For these purposes, the Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV) together with local associations of criminal defence lawyers and committees of inquiry organise a legal emergency service in the run-up to and during the G8 summit. For the duration of three weeks, an office will be established in Rostock that will ensure on-site counselling and legal protection in cases of arrests, restrictions of the freedom of assembly, bullying at the arrival etc. The telephone number of the Legal Team during the G8 summit is: 0049 (0)3820 4768111. Anybody in need of legal help during the summit is advised to call here, the information will be then transmitted to the lawyers. Please communicate the number. Also: press information service concerning the protests: +49 (0)1577-4704760 and +49 (0)163-6195151
> ContactRAV website
> Republican Attorneys' Association (RAV)
> publications/research 29 May 2007
> Fundamental Rights Report 2007 (German)
> Since 1997, nine civil liberties and human rights organisations publish an annual human rights report on Germany, in which they test the German government’s conduct against every legally binding human rights and civil liberties provision laid down in the German Constitution. With a plethora of examples of state surveillance, infringements, discrimination and violations of High Court decisions, the year 2006 will also be known as a year in which fundamental rights were systematically violated by the authorities. The legitimate use of ‘torture’ debate, the use of emetics against foreigners, indiscriminate data collection during the world cup, the surveillance and interception of communication of civil rights activists, the electronic health card linking sensitive data between authorities, US-EU data transfers, unlawful detention and deportation to torturing states, police violence, employment bans, eroding the protection of journalists’ sources, unlawful police raids…the list of fundamental civil rights violations seems endless. The Fundamental Rights Report is written and compiled by the following organisations, which have announced the focus of the next year’s report will be the criminalisation and curtailment of G8 protests: Humanistische Union, Gustav Heinemann-Initiative, Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie, Bundesarbeitskreis Kritischer Juragruppen, Pro Asyl, Republikanischer Anwaltsverein, Vereinigung demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen, Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Neue Richtervereinigung.
> May 2007
> Commentary on the reportPress release Humanistische UnionList of Contents (German)Order online
> “Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte” et al.
> demonstrations 29 May 2007
> Antiracist G8 'action and events' calendar
> Between 2 and 7 June, thousands of refugees, migrants and activist will protest against the G8. In this context , mass actions and information events will take place under the slogans: ‘For Global Freedom of Movement’ and ‘Equal Rights for All’. Below you find links to the 'choreography of resistance', and events calendar. CALL OUT DECEMBER 2005: "We are here, because you are destroying our countries." This central slogan of the ‘Caravan for the rights of refugees and migrants’ explicitly links capitalist destruction on the one hand to flight and migration on the other. The G8-governments - as well as the WTO, IMF and World Bank - are not only responsible for neocolonial relations of exploitation; they also increasingly rely on and further the intensification of processes of selection and exclusion in the Northern parts of the globe, the intensification of legal, social and political hierarchies. It is these and other developments - whether in the North or the South - that lead us to speak of a system of global Apartheid. [...]
> Heiligendamm/Rostock, Germany 2-7 June 2007
> Updated events calendarWorking Group Migration of the protest networksCaravan of Refugees and Migrants tours Germany
> meetings/conferences 29 May 2007
> ‘Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants’
> This conference, organised within the framework of the EU project “Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants”, aims to bring together NGOs, local authorities, health care providers, policy makers, researchers and other professionals to discuss the health care challenges facing undocumented migrants. This event will provide a forum to share creative examples and strategies to address the problems associated with insufficient access to health care for undocumented migrants in Europe.
> Brussels, Belgium 28-29 June 2007
> Leaflet & Programme (PDF)PICUM Home Page
> publications/research 29 May 2007
> Hollanditis.Nu (Anti-militarist magazine from the Netherlands)
> This new publication by Dutch peace and anti-militarist groups was named after the anti-nuclear protest movement of the 1980s which saw mass demonstration in Amsterdam (1981) and The Hague (1983). It is an attempt to unite the peace movement again after its demise in the 1990s during a time when consecutive wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan demand mass action. The publication provides information about war zones and the arms industry, aiming to work towards building a world without war and violence. Published and edited by: Haags Vredesplatform, vredesbeweging vereniging Pais, Antimilitaristies Onderzoekskollektief VD AMOK and the Dutch branch of the Women's League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
> May 2007
> Hollanditis.Nu Home Page (Dutch)VD AMOK Anti-Militaristies Onderzoeks KollektiefThe Hague Peace Platform
> Haags Vredesplatform et al.
> campaigns/open letters 22 June 2007
> Giustizia per Kassim
> Website calling for justice for rendition victim Abou Elkassim Britel, an Italian citizen of Moroccan origins who is in prison in Morocco after his arrest in Pakistan in March 2002, his subsequent rendition by the CIA to Morocco, where he was tortured and is in jail serving a sentence for terrorist activity on the basis of Italian investigations into his activities that have since been shelved. The European Parliament's TDIP commission investigating renditions criticised Italy in relation to this case, calling upon its authorities to take action to secure his release. After the government stated in parliament that it would seek Britel's release in February, it appears to be dragging their feet.
> Giustizia per Kassim website
> Giustizia per Kassim
> meetings/conferences 22 June 2007
> Diritti umani e carceri in Europa, Diritti umani e carceri in America Latina
> International meeting to be held on occasion of the United Nations World Day against Torture on 26 June.
> Rome 26 June 2007
> Diritti umani e carcere meetingAssociazione Antigone
> Associazione Antigone
> campaigns/open letters 22 June 2007
> Muerte cuando lo expulsaban
> The Federation of SOS Racismo calls for an exhaustive and public investigation into the death of a 23-year-old Nigerian, Osamuyia Aikpitanhi, who was being deported from Barajas airport in Madrid on an Iberia flight on 9 June 2007.
> Muerte cuando lo deportabanSOS Racismo-Bizkaiko-SOS Arrazakeria
> Federación de Asociaciones de SOS Racismo del Estado Español
> campaigns/open letters 22 June 2007
> Appello. La verità su Genova
> Appeal that follows the admission of abuses by police officers made in court by Michelangelo Fournier, six years on from widespread police violence against activists in Genoa during the G8 summit, that he had not spoken earlier out of a "sense of belonging" to the police. Arguing that through its silence and obstruction of investigations the police has betrayed its mission, and that "we are on the verge of an authentic democratic emergency", the appeal calls for a parliamentary investigation commission into the events of July 2001.
> Appello. La verità su GenovaCarta
> Carta
> campaigns/open letters 26 June 2007
> Press Statement on G8 summit in Rostock
> During the G8 summit, held in Heiligendamm from the 6th to the 8th of June 2007, a great number of German lawyers belonging to the RAV (Association of Republican Lawyers), the Strafverteidigervereinigung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (association of defence lawyers) as well as lawyers belonging to the EDL (European Democratic Lawyers) and to the Legal Team Europa have committed themselves to defend the fundamental rights of those who had come from all over Europe to express their dissent.
> EDL home pageEDL Press statement (PDF)
> European Democratic Lawyers
> publications/research 27 June 2007
> EHRAC Bulletin - Issue 7, Summer 2007
> This Bulletin focuses on human rights issues and cases, which have relevance to the former Soviet Union, and particularly Russia and Georgia.
> June 2007
> EHRAC BulletinEHRAC website
> European Human Rights Advocacy Centre
> meetings/conferences 27 June 2007
> Privacy Rights In A World Under Surveillance
> A one-day workshop organized by the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) in cooperation with Canadian and international civil rights and privacy organizations ahead of the 29th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Montreal. Panellists: Simon Davies – Privacy International/Ben Hayes – Statewatch/Gus Hosein –Privacy International/Allison Knight –Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)/Philippa Lawson – Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)/Toshimaru Ogura – Toyama University, Japanese human rights and privacy activist/Katitza Rodriguez – Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility – Peru/Richard Rosenberg – Freedom of Information and Privacy Association BC (FIPA)/Jay Stanley – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)/Barry Steinhardt –ACLU/Dr.Helen Wallace (GeneWatch-UK)/Maureen Webb – International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG).
> Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Canada 25 September 2007
> Details
> International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG)
> campaigns/open letters 27 June 2007
> Call to sign Letter of protest to Spanish authorities on the gagging and killing of a Nigerian citizen Osamuyiwa Aikpitanhi during his forced deportation
> The ‘Nigeria Village Square’, a virtual meeting spot for Nigerians all over the world, published a Protest Note to Spanish Authorities, which has so far been signed by more then 3.000 people. The protest note will be delivered to Spanish embassies around the globe at 12pm on FRIDAY June 29th. The organisers are calling on people to coordinate the delivery of the note to Spanish embassies in their cities.
> Sign the protest note here
> 'Nigeria Village Square'
> demonstrations 27 June 2007
> An Invitation To The Gatwick No Border Camp 2007
> From 19th to 24th September 2007, noborder activists will gather at Gatwick Airport for the first No Border Camp in the UK. This camp will be a chance to work together to try and stop the building of a new detention centre, and to gather ideas for how to build up the fight against the system of migration controls.
> Gatwick, London, UK 19 - 24 September 2007
> More information
> noborder UK
> publications/research 27 June 2007
> Aspects of contempt for Humanity in Europe. Deportation Centre Motardstraße
> This brochure informs about the internal and external situation of Fortress Europe, and particularly the detention and racist exclusion of refugees and migrants in Germany. It provides a history of migration policy in Germany, and outlines and analyses the situation of refugees in Brandenburg, 'departure centres' and the detention camp 'Motardstraße' in Berlin. It also points the finger at the profiteers from the camp system and suggests possibilities for political intervention against the detention system within an anti-racist framework. Also includes an interview with a Motardstraße resident and provides a detailed list of existing anti-racist and migrant campaigning and support organisations as well as a helpful glossary.
> February 2007
> Download brochureFrench versionGerman versionMore information
> Bündnis gegen Lager (Network Against Camps) - Berlin/Brandenburg
> meetings/conferences 11 July 2007
> Human rights violations at the borders
> Migreurop organizes a 3-days seminar (July 23-24-25, 2007) in Cecina (Italy) on the theme of human rights violation at the borders. The aim is to share field experiences with NGOs from different countries, in order to make a census of resources of the legal resistance already practiced, especially with reference to the ECHR, and to draw conclusions to promote an international legal tool for protecting persons at the borders (whatever the nationality or the status, and whatever the borders).
> Cecina (Italy) 23-25 July 2007
> Human rights violations at the borderViolations des droits humains aux frontieresViolacion de los derechos humanos en las fronterasviolazioni dei diritti umani alle frontiere
> Migreurop
> publications/research 11 July 2007
> Op - Genova 2001. L'ordine pubblico durante il G8
> DVD produced by the Legal Secretariat of the Genova Legal Forum, which reconstructs the management of public order during the G8 summit on 20 July 2001 through the documents they had access to during a trial against 25 demonstrators charged of devastation and looting. All proceeds will go towards the Legal Secretariat's expenses. Around 42 minutes long, multilingual (Italian, English, Spanish, French, German), €7 (+ €2 for shipping costs).
> Genova June 2007
> OP - Genova 2001 (buy it here)The trial of 25 demonstrators
> Genoa Legal Forum
> demonstrations 11 July 2007
> Basta pagare per restare!
> Report on a demonstration in Bologna on 7 July 2007 to protest against the Bossi-Fini immigration law and the practice of renewal of residence permits in the post office, at a cost of €74. Includes a letter of the migrants' claims, reminding interior minister Amato of the promise to abrogate the law, calling for an end to the practice of expensive residence permit renewals in post offices, the breaking of the link between employment and residence permits, the closing of detention centres and the possibility to withdraw their social security contributions if they choose or are forced to leave.
> Bologna 7 July 2007
> Basta pagare per restare!Letter of the demonstrators' claims
> Coordinamento Migranti Bologna
> campaigns/open letters 21 July 2007
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"
> Melting Pot responds to extracts of SISMI (military secret service) documents in Repubblica newspaper that reveal the surveillance of Melting Pot, naming its members, among other NGOs. Notes that SISMI is arbitrarily turning professionals into suspects and that "it would be even more serious if the list of names compiled in the report... had been followed by the violation of the privacy and activity of these persons contributors of the Progetto Melting Pot Europa". These developments followed a resolution by the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura (CSM) criticising surveillance activity targeting judges.
> "Melting Pot controllato dal SISMI"CSM resolution
> Melting Pot editorial board
> meetings/conferences 21 July 2007
> Pour la pleine reconnaissance des réfugiés au Maroc et la garantie des droits fondamentaux de tous les migrants
> Response by a network of European and African NGOs that participated in the "Migration, fundamental rights and freedom of movement" conference in Rabat in 2006, to the agreemement between the Moroccan government and UNHCR, whereby the UN agency will have a recognised seat in Rabat. The organisations call for "the full recognition of refugees in Morocco and the guarantee of the fundamental rights of all migrants", and for a "refounding" of migration policies taking human rights as a starting point.
> Morocco 16 July 2007
> Pour la pleine reconnaissance des réfugiés au Maroc et la garantie des droits fondamentaux de tous les migrantsFür die volle Anerkennung der Flüchtlinge in Marokko und die Garantie der Grundrechte für alle MigrantInnenPara el reconocimiento pleno de los refugiados en Marruecos y la garantía de los derechos fundamentales de todos los migrantes
> Follow-up committee of the Euro-African NGO conference
> campaigns/open letters 30 July 2007
> Llamamiento público para que se garanticen los derechos de los menores no acompañados
> This public call and campaign for the rights of unaccompanied migrant minors to be guaranteed follows an announcement by the Andalusian government that it will repatriate 800 minors, returning them to their families. Referring to these repatriations as "camouflaged expulsions", the authors stress that the children's condition as immigrants is proving more important than their status as vulnerable children, which is protected by international legal instruments.
> Joint statement by APDHA and Andalucía AcogeManifesto for the respect of minors' rightsCampaign - unaccompanied minors at risk of expulsion (sign here)
> APDHA and Andalucía Acoge
> publications/research 30 July 2007
> Print no. 5 - aggiornamenti sui processi giugno 2007
> An extraordinary report featuring comprehensive updates of the situation in a number of trials involving activists, and on the trials of officers charged as a result of police brutality in Genoa during the G8 in 2001. Includes coverage of the trial for the raid on the Diaz school, the trial against 25 demonstrators for disturbance in the streets of Genoa, and the trial against the Rete del Sud Ribelle network for "subversive association".
> Italy June 2007
> Print no. 5 - aggiornamenti sui processi giugno 2007Supporto Legale website
> Supporto Legale
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> German terrorist legislation criminalises academics
> A wave of protest is growing against the arrest by German authorities of academics accused of belonging to a terror group because they engage in research on urban gentrification and are 'intellectually capable' of drafting texts claiming responsibility for arson attacks, which law enforcement apparently had difficulties deciphering. Three of the four arrested were beaten during their arrest, and all four are held under conditions severely infringing their civil rights, due to the draconian terrorist legislation provision Article 129a of the German Criminal Code. The campaign for their release set up a website detailing growing international protest by civil rights activists and the academic community. They demand the immediate release of the prisoners, the cessation of the § 129a proceedings, and the repeal of §§ 129, 129a and 129b of the German criminal code.
> Campaign websiteGuardian article by Richard Sennett and Saskia SassenOpen letter by international academics to the German prosecution
> Einstellung des §129a-Verfahrens sofort!
> publications/research 24 August 2007
> Processing data on racial or ethnic origin for antidiscrimination policies: how to reconcile the promotion of equality with the right to privacy?
> This paper aims to explore to what extent and under which conditions the data needed to combat racial and ethnic discrimination can be collected, while fully respecting the rights of individuals. Considering first the issue of personal data protection, the paper shows that although data revealing racial or ethnic origin are subject to a special protection regime under European personal data protection norms, their processing is not prohibited in an absolute way. Second, the paper examines the problem of constructing racial or ethnic categories and classifying individuals into them. It observes the emergence in international human rights law of a norm according to which classification of individuals into racial or ethnic categories should in principle be based on self-identification. It then considers the practices of four states in this relation: the United States, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands all have developed different classification systems for the purposes of their antidiscrimination policies. The paper concludes that human rights standards, and in particular the right to privacy, do not preclude the collection of data on racial or ethnic origin for antidiscrimination purposes, but rather define fundamental safeguards that must be respected when gathering this type of information.
> 2006
> PDF download
> Julie Ringelheim, Jean Monnet Working Paper No 8/06
> publications/research 24 August 2007
> Racism in European elections
> Focusing on the French presidential election and the general and provincial elections in the Netherlands, the special issue of the European Race Bulletin also covers twenty-one other countries and the European Parliament. It discusses the results of the extreme Right, the impact of anti-immigration parties, debates on citizenship, asylum and integration. Disturbing instances of debates over national values descending into McCarthyite-style witch hunts and hysteria against Muslim communities - the hijab and the building of minarets in particular - being whipped up by extreme-Right groups are also revealed.
> July 2007
> More information on the IRR website
> Institute of Race Relations
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Internet users criticise Google's data greed and call for anonymous services
> The Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention), an association of civil rights campaigners, data protection activists and Internet users, sent an open letter to Google today. The group warns that Google's blanket retention of users Internet protocol addresses allows tracking every mouse click and every search made by a user for months. "The anonimisation of personally identifiable data after '18 to 24 months' as announced by Google is entirely inadequate", explains the NGO's legal expert Patrick Breyer. "According to German and European law the systematic retention of personally identifiable data on all users is prohibited."
> More information on the campaign website
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2007
> Lobbying' Awards 2007 - Call for Nominations
> This year you can nominate for two categories. The 'Worst EU Lobbying' Award for the lobbyist, company or lobby group that in 2007 has employed the most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in their attempts to influence EU decision-making. And the special 'Worst EU Greenwash' Award for the company whose advertising, PR and lobbying lingo is most at odds with the real environmental impacts of their core business activities. Until 15 September 2007 you can submit your nominations on http://www.worstlobby.eu/. In 2006 the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Award was won by oil giant ExxonMobil for its secretive funding of climate-skeptic think tanks. In 2005 the prize went to the bogus Campaign for Creativity, a front group used by large IT companies to lobby for software patents and intellectual property rights.
> Worst EU Lobbying and Greenwash Awards 2007
> Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl, Spinwatch
> campaigns/open letters 04 September 2007
> Call to support fishermen accused of "assisting illegal immigration"
> Since August 22, 2007, seven Tunisian fishermen have been on trial in Agrigento (Sicily), accused of "assisting illegal immigration". They risk up to 15 years imprisonment. Prosecuted as human traffickers, what they did was in fact just their basic duty of solidarity : on August 8, near the island of Lampedusa, they picked up 44 passengers from a boat in distress at sea and brought them to the harbour.We, agents of the civilian societies of Subsaharan Africa, of Northern Africa and of Europe, activists and democrats from south and north of the Mediterranean, demand the abolishment of the ideology of control and repression that drives the migration policy through externalisation of asylum and border control and of the criminalisation of migration. We oppose the "trial on solidarity" against the defenders of human rights. We demand the release of the seven Tunisian fishermen of the boats Mortadha and Mohammed el-Hedi.
> Sign the call
> Migreurop
> meetings/conferences 05 September 2007
> The Great British Citizenship Quiz
> Since November 2005, immigrants seeking British citizenship have had to sit an official test to prove their suitability. Earlier this year Gordon Brown proposed that immigrants should undertake community work before being granted citizenship, and that they should understand citizenship as a ‘contract’ entailing ‘rights and responsibilities’. But is being a good citizen really about (in)voluntary work, or learning a list of rights and responsibilities? Can a multiple-choice test define what it means to belong in and contribute to a country? The next Manifesto Club night on Thursday 27 September will give you a chance to sit the test, to show the kinds of questions potential citizens are expected to answer. The night is part of a larger debate we want to start on the meaning of citizenship – on how to forge bonds of common interest between people of all backgrounds...
> Islington, London 27 September 2007
> Manifesto Club night
> Manifesto Club
> demonstrations 20 September 2007
> Protest march "Liberty instead of fear". No data retention!
> Civil rights groups are calling on citizens to join in a protest march against excessive surveillance by businesses and governments. On 22 September 2007 concerned citizens will take to the streets, the motto being "Liberty instead of fear - Stop the surveillance mania!". We will meet at Pariser Platz (Brandenburger Tor) at 2.30 pm.
> Berlin, Germany 22/09/2007
> Judges' Association press release against data retentionBackground article (German, Telepolis)Demonstration call out & Campaign background
> Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (German Working Group on Data Retention)
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> 24th Chaos Communication Congress: Call for Participation
> The Chaos Communication Congress is the annual four-day conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). The 24C3s slogan is Volldampf voraus!— the German equivalent of “full steam ahead” – a particular request for talks and projects featuring forward looking hands-on topics. CCC has always encouraged creative and unorthodox interaction with technology and society, in the good tradition of the real meaning of “hacking”. This year’s congress introduces a new category for talks called “Making”. This category is all about making and breaking things and the wonderful stuff you can build in your basement or garage. Most welcome are submissions dealing with the latest in electronics, 3D-fabbing, climate-change survival technology, robots and drones, steam machines, alternative transportation tools and guerilla-style knitting.
> Berlin, Germany 27 - 30 December 2007
> More information
> Chaos Computer Club
> meetings/conferences 20 September 2007
> Information event on Article 129a terrorist procedures in Berlin and Germany's security politics
> At the end of July 2007, seven persons, accused of membership of a terrorist organisation, were arrested in Berlin, Germany. Three are charged with arson against army vehicles, the other four of some form of “intellectual culpability”, whereby their scientific publications critical of gentrification and security state features are used to construct a terrorist organisation. Their arrests form the current highpoint in the general criminalisation of critical science and protest movements reminiscent of the 1980s. This info-event will inform about this case but also provide information on the history of Germany’s anti-terrorist Article 129a Criminal Code and its political use, more security laws in the planning, and asks what the implications of the gradual erosion of civil liberties means for state critics today.
> Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany. 30/09/2007, 11.00 – 13.30
> RAVCampaign to stop the terrorist proceedings
> Republikanischer Anwältinnen- und Anwälteverein e.V. (RAV)
> campaigns/open letters 29 September 2007
> Liberty and justice for the parents of the Roma children burnt to death in the fire of Livorno on August 10th, 2007
> On 10 August, four Roma children burnt to death in Livorno. A few days later a racist organization, GAPE (Armed Group for Ethnic Cleansing) claimed responsibility for the crime in a letter to local newspapers. The parents, however, were arrested. Despite this letter claiming responsibility and the fact that a forensic team of the fire department found evidence pointing to arson, charges against the parents continue being brought and they are not released from prison.
> Campaign websiteSign the Petition
> EveryOne Group and “Amici degli Angeli”
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> Escape from Tripoli Report on the Conditions of Migrants in Transit in Libya
> "The deaths in the desert and in the Channel of Sicily, the tortures and rapes in detention centres funded by Italy, deportations to the Sahara, collective refoulements, the repatriation of refugees on flights paid by Rome, deportations from Lampedusa, murders in police stations, the abuses perpetrated by passeurs and racist attacks in Tripoli. Everything that must not be known about the country to which Italy and the EU entrust the control of the southern border, on the eve of Frontex patrol operations in Libya in 2008, when refoulements at sea will become the norm."
> October 2007
> Fortress EuropeReport (PDF)
> Fortress Europe. The observatory on victims of migrations
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> FRONTEX-led EU Illegal Immigration Technical Mission to Libya. 28 May - 5 June 2007
> Frontex, the "European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union", reports on its second EU technical mission on illegal immigration to Libya between 28 May and 5 June 2007.
> 2007
> Report (PDF)
> Frontex
> publications/research 12 November 2007
> »The truth may be bitter, but it must be told« The Situation of Refugees in the Aegean and the Practices of the Greek Coast Guard.
> Asylum seekers are being sent back to Greece from Germany and other European countries without their applications for asylum having been thoroughly examined. The legal basis for this is the European Dublin II Regulation under which the state through which the asylum seeker entered European territory is responsible for processing the asylum claim. For a large number of people, particularly those from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia, the escape route leads them across the Aegean into Greece. This report forms part of a series of fact-finding missions (to Spain/Morocco, Italy, Slovakia/Ukraine) about human rights violations committed at the external borders of Europe, conducted by PRO ASYL. This report finds systematic refoulement of refugees at sea, illegal deportations and detention and inhumane detention conditions and makes a series of demands.
> October 2007
> Report (PDF)Pro Asyl: Information on reactions to the report
> Pro Asyl, Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants
> campaigns/open letters 12 November 2007
> Campaign against the “11th European Police Congress“, 29th-30th of January 2008 in Berlin. Against a “Global Security Architecture”, for more security-critical behaviour!
> Police investigation methods and the global security apparatus are increasingly violating basic democratic and human rights. Police and intelligence services want to attain unrestricted access to personal data and internet user profiles. The “European Police Congress”, a forum where politicians, police authorities, intelligence services, the military and the security industry meet to discuss the implementation of new measures for data collection and prosecution facilitates the increasing social control and authoritarian state tendencies within the EU. The 2008 Congress takes place under the motto “Information technology – investigation – operation”. On Tuesday, 29 January 2008, Schäuble, the German Minister of Internal Affairs, will speak at the “Forum of European Ministers of Internal Affairs”. A coalition of civil liberties and social justice groups is organising protest actions, with the aim to reach broad segments of society. This recent initiative is seen as a potential extension of already existing campaigns: against data retention, against anti-terrorist laws, the EU border agency Frontex and the repressive EU migration regime, against police racism and militarism.
> 11th European Police Congress home pageMore information about the campaign (English)More information about the campaign (German)
> Six Hills
> demonstrations 06 January 2008
> MEMORIAL CONFERENCES AND DEMONSTRATION IN DESSAU - in memory of Oury Jalloh, Layé Konde, Dominique Koumadio and all other victims of racist police brutality
> With this call we would like to invite all interested people to participate in the conferences in Berlin and Dessau as well as the demonstration in Dessau, all of which will be held in memory of Oury Jalloh, Layé Konde, Dominique Koumadio and all other victims of racist police brutality. 05 January 2008 - Memorial Conference in Berlin for the victims of racist police violence; 4 p.m., Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, U6/U7 Mehringdamm 06 January 2008 – Black Africa Conference in Dessau; 12p.m., Beat Club 07 January 2008 - Demonstration in Dessau For the 3rd anniversary of Oury Jalloh’s murder, 1 p.m.
> Berlin/Dessau, Germany 4-7 January 2008
> Call out (Full-text)
> The Voice e.V. Africa Forum
> publications/research 22 January 2008
> Observatoire de l’institutionnalisation de la xénophobie (Observ.i.x)
> New website. The observatory on the institutionalisation of xenophobia is a collective focussing on research concerning human beings and society in relation to governmental initiatives concerning national identity and immigration. It seeks to stimulate original independent work on the erosion of humanist perceptions of otherness and the stygmatisation of foreigners as a problem or threat in the ordinary operation of established authorities.
> France 14 January 2008
> Observ.i.xCall for contributions
> Observ.i.x
> campaigns/open letters 21 February 2008
> A warning against the "xenophobia, fear, phobia against immigrants" that some "irresponsible political parties" are seeking to set in the election campaign. Criticism is levelled primarily at the PP (alongside the Catalan CiU and Canary islanders CC parties) and its "integration contract" proposal, viewed as an initiative that "promotes and strengthens racism". The governing PSOE party is accused of framing social policies in a way that is discriminatory, as is also argued in relation to the Basque three-party government's housing aid policy.
> Por una campaña electoral sin xenofobia, sin discriminación social, sin equívocos
> Mugak/SOS Arrazakeria, SOS Racismo
> demonstrations 22 February 2008
> Jornada Estatal por los derechos de las personas inmigrantes
> Demonstration organised by the national network for the rights of immigrants (REDI) in Seville to express the support of dozens of organisations to claims for migrants' rights. These include: a) immediate regularisation of migrants and guarantees concerning residence, employment and family life; b) the ending of repression against migrant people and guarantees against abuses by the police and xenophobic discrimination; and c) equal rights for all migrants.
> Seville 23 February 2008
> Jornada Estatal por los derechos de las personas inmigrantes12 Medidas urgentes por la Dignidad de los Inmigrantes
> Red Estatal por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (REDI)
> publications/research 29 February 2008
> "En Movemento"
> A new monthly civil rights newspaper produced by the Galician civil rights organisation, Movemento polos dereitos civis.
> Galicia (Spain) November 2007 - ongoing
> MPDCEn Movemento back issues
> Movemento polos dereitos civis
> demonstrations 29 February 2008
> Accounts from inside detention centres
> A collection of accounts from communication with detainees who are mobilising and carrying out protest actions in French detention centres.
> France 13 February 2008
> Accounts from inside detention centresTemoignages de l'interieur des centres de retention (or.)Augenzeugenberichte aus dem Inneren französischer AbschiebegefängnisseMigreurop
> Zpajol, Migreurop
> campaigns/open letters 10 March 2008
> Abou Elkassim Britel - libero e vivo
> Appeal (in Italian English and French) for rendition victim Abou Elkassim Britel to be freed. He has spent years in custody since his detention on false grounds and abduction in Pakistan in 2002, followed by an unfair trial in which he was found guilty of terrorist activity after rendition to Morocco, where he had previously been released in the absence of evidence against him. The EP Committee investigating renditions called on the Italian government to intervene to free its citizen, and vows to do so have not been carried through.
> Abou Elkassim Britel - free and aliveGiustizia per Kassim
> Justice for Kassim campaign
> demonstrations 21 March 2008
> XI Marcha Antirracista: "Contra el racismo y la Xenofobia. Gizarte disriminaziorik ez, igualdad de derechos para tod@s"
> The 11th march from Trintxerpe to Donostia, in the Basque Country, to demonstrate against the different forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination people suffer due to their origin, or physical or cultural traits. This year's claims also include the non-recognition of political rights to foreigners, and opposition to the Ley de Extranjeria (immigration law) and to policies that are discriminatory for the enjoyment of social rights.
> Donostia /San Sebastian 30 March 2008
> XI Marcha Antirracista: "Contra el racismo y la Xenofobia. Gizarte disriminaziorik ez, igualdad de derechos para tod@s"Mugak, Centro de estudios y Documentacion sobre racismo y xenofobia
> Mugak/SOS Arrazakeria (SOS Racismo)
> demonstrations 28 March 2008
> Demonstrations against racism and xenophobia
> Demonstrations and activities against racism and xenophobia organised by SOS Racismo are taking place in localities in the Basque Country, Navarre and Catalunya throughout the end of March, starting on 21 March, the international day against xenophobia. These include activities in Barcelona culminating in a demonstration on 28 March, a march from Trintxerpe to Donostia-San Sebastian on 30 March, a week against racism including documentary screenings, a concert and a talk about the media's treatment of immigration by Peio Aierbe in Iruna-Pamplona, a march against the immigration law (ley de extranjeria) in Bilbao on 28 March.
> Basque Country, Catalunya 21-30 March 2008
> Marca-li un gol al racismeCONTRA LA EXCLUSIÓN, POR LA IGUALDADXenofobiaren kontra. Contra el racismoMedios de comunicacion, racismo y xenofobia
> SOS Racismo
> demonstrations 24 April 2008
> No to the systematization of camps. Demonstration against the outrageous Directive
> Demonstration against the Returns Directive that is due to be submitted to the European Parliament on 20 May 2008, calling for MEPs to reject it. The demonstration's manifesto criticises: the extension to 18 months of detention for migrants whose only crime is illegally crossing a border; the detention of children; the 5-year re-entry ban for migrants who are expelled.
> Brussels 7 May 2008
> No to the systematization of campsAppeal. No to the outrageous Directive!Non à la directive de la honte!No a la directiva de la verguenza!No alla direttiva della vergogna!
> Migreurop network and several European NGOs
> campaigns/open letters 26 April 2008
> 33/01 Case against Gestoras Pro Amnistia
> Statement concerning the trial that began on 21 April 2008 against Basque prisoner support and human rights groups Gestoras Pro Amnistia and Askatasuna, in which 27 people face charges and possible sentences of up to ten years in prison for membership of a terrorist organisation (ETA). The defendants claim that the trial is the latest in a series of trials against social movements that presents them as being part of ETA, whereas they have carried out their activities lawfully and publicly for decades, arguing that it is their “tasks and goals” (including “the protection of the human rights of victims of repression” and the “erradication of torture”) that have been “criminalised”. The statement highlights irregularities in the police operations leading to the charges, the difficulty of proving or disproving claims that are “generic” and lacking the “individuality and precision that must be the basis of any criminal charges”, quotes the charge sheet detailing the serious offences of which they are accused, and presents the trial as “political”, noting that they do not expect a “fair trial” in the Audiencia Nacional, a tribunal they describe as “exceptional”.
> 33/01 Case against Gestoras Pro Amnistia (sp)in Englishin Frenchin ItalianDocument detailing the charges for the trial (Sp)
> EHwatch
> campaigns/open letters 06 May 2008
> SOS Racismo opposes the returns directive
> The national federation of SOS Racismo criticises the return directive that is due for approval due to its extension of the length of detention of migrants, the possibility of migrants being held in prisons (albeit separately from ordinary prisoners) in the absence of places in detention detention centres, of detaining minors, and the five-year re-entry ban. Calls on Spanish MEPs to reject the directive.
> La federacion estatal de SOS Racismo se opone a la inminente aprobacion de la directiva europea de la verguenza
> Federacion Estatal de SOS Racismo
> campaigns/open letters 22 May 2008
> ASGI press release on violence against Roma
> "ASGI expresses its deep concern and indignation for the very serious episodes of violence against the Roma population that occurred in Naples and other cities. For too long in our country, Roma people have become, as an ethnic-cultural group, the target for systematic violence and verbal and physical aggression, even in the extremely violent forms that characterise removals from camps where they stay, with the destruction of personal belongings, the open expression of contempt and ill-treatment against people... ASGI calls upon all those who care about the protection of fundamental human rights to react to this climate of intolerance by undertaking any kind of initiative that may be useful in order to re-affirm the legal order."
> Comunicato stampa ASGIASGI press release
> Associazione di Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione
> publications/research 06 June 2008
> EURO 08: Legal support and helpful advice for football fans
> This information sheet is intended for visitors of the EURO 08 football games in Switzerland. It contains some recommendations and legal advice on how to avoid confrontations with the police and private security personnel and to exercise your rights when dealing with police in Switzerland.
> 2008
> Download leaflet (EN)Download leaflet (DE)Download leaflet (FR)Download leaflet (Turkish)More info on the DJS website
> Democratic Lawyers of Switzerland (DJS)
> publications/research 12 June 2008
> Eyes Wide Shut? The Impact of Embedded Journalism on Dutch Newspaper Coverage of Afghanistan
> The Dutch Ministry of Defence offers journalists embedded expiditions to military operations of Dutch soldiers in Uruzgan. Under the embed policy, three journalists can travel from the Netherlands to Uruzgan every two weeks. They are hosted by the Dutch contingent and fall under the commander’s responsibility. Articles have to be submitted for review on operational security prior to publication. Dutch embedded journalists cooperate closely with the Ministry of Defence before, during and after their embed experience. Many have developed a close relationship with the military as a consequence. Embeddedness raises questions about objectivity, censorship and journalistic independence. A current research by the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies looks at embedded journalism, how it affects Dutch coverage of Afghanistan, and whether regulations for future reporting should be changed. As part of this research HCSS conducted a software-based text mining analysis on Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. This analysis consists of two parts 1) the comparison of a sample of embedded and unembedded articles, and 2) the analysis of a sample of the complete Dutch press coverage of Afghanistan. Text analysis shows that embedded journalists write mainly about the Dutch troops and their military operational activities while unembedded reporters focus more on the socio-political situation in Afghanistan. While more journalists write about Afghanistan, the focus has narrowed, and the authors suggest that the close interaction between military and journalists may also jeopardise the independence of reporting. The report concludes that the Dutch press in general could benefit from maintaining a professional distance from the military, and finding more ways to complement embedded with unembedded reporting.
> April 2008
> Hague Centre for Strategic StudiesDownload report
> Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
> demonstrations 09 July 2008
> Dosta… Basta … manipolazione e autoreferenzialità. Rom e Sinti: dialogo diretto e ruolo attivo
> Public assembly and demonstration called by the Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme to say "dosta!" (enough) to racial discrimination against Roma and Sinti people, calling for principles and norms included in constitutional, European and international texts to be implemented, and for the identification of these minorities as an enemy to cease. Treating an entire community as dangerous criminals, is something that is reminiscent of the past, when it has cost many lives, and the media and political class are accused of fostering a climate of racial hatred against them by using mystification and falsehood, without giving them the right to reply.
> Rome 10/07/2008
> Public assembly documentFederazione Rom e Sinti Insieme blog
> Federazione Rom e Sinti Insieme
> publications/research 15 July 2008
> Informe sobre Tortura en el Estado Español, 2007
> The fourth annual report on torture in the Spanish State by the Coordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura, a network of over 40 civil society groups working on the issue of torture in Spain. It provides in-depth details of alleged incidents and a wealth of statistics, as well as monitoring cases from the stage of allegations through to sentencing.
> Spain 31 May 2008
> Informe sobre tortura en el estado espanol 2007summary of the reportCoordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura website
> Coordinadora para la prevencion de la tortura
> campaigns/open letters 17 December 2010
> EsCULcA requer intervencion do Defensor del Pueblo
> Esculca filed a complaint before the ombudsman, who is in charge of implementing the national mechanism for the prevention of torture, calling for his intervention in relation to the brutal beating of Silvio Polo in the provincial court of A Corunha and Teixero prison on 8 April 2010 by Guardia Civil officers. The beatings were allegedly repeated and took place in front of several witnesses (Guardia Civil officers, police officers and detainees).
> The prisoner's account (p. 1)The prisoner's account (p. 2)EsCULcA requer intervencion do Defensor del Pueblo
> Esculca
> demonstrations 12 January 2011
> 7 gennaio 2011. Un anno dopo
> A demonstration was held in Rosarno to mark a year after hundreds of African seasonal workers were chased out of the town after protesting against the ill-treatment that they suffered. The Rete Radici network is monitoring conditions in the area after the revolt which unveiled the exploitation that migrant workers experience, and has published a report.
> Rosarno (Calabria) 7 January 2011
> 7 gennaio 2011 Rosarno un anno dopoCall for the demonstration. A un anno dalla rivolta di Rosarno tutto e cambiato ma nulla e cambiato
> Rete Radici
> meetings/conferences 12 January 2011
> Nella crisi, contro la crisi nasce la R@P
> A seminar seeking to give rise to a mobilisation from below to support the needs of workers and people who are undermined by the crisis through practical initiatives and to oppose the repression of struggles.
> Rome 15 January 2011
> Nella crisi, contro la crisi nasce la R@P
> R@P, rete dell'autorganizzazione popolare
> demonstrations 12 January 2011
> Comunicato corteo 14 dicembre 2010
> This statement by the students' network Rete della conoscenza celebrates the dozens of demonstrations held throughout Italy on 14 December 2010 involving "hundreds of thousands of middle school, high school and university students" to complain against minister Gelmini's reform of the public education system. It highlights that in Rome the city was militarised and deserted, and juxtaposes the repression outside the parliament with the situation inside it, "reduced to a ridiculous cattle market", in reference to the vote of confidence won by Berlusconi.
> Rome 14 December 2010
> Comunicato corteo 14 dicembre 2010
> Rete della conoscenza
> publications/research 25 January 2011
> I quaderni dell'osservatorio
> "I quaderni dell'osservatorio" are a collection of studies which analyse key issues concerning the repression of social struggles. The first deals with criminal proceedings against participants in mobilisations and the treatment of political struggles as simple criminal activity. The second deals with killings by law enforcement officers, the third with emergency and security laws, the fourth is a defence handbook which highlights the offences which political activists are at risk of being accused of, the fifth concerns the occupation of schools, with relevant information on the norms and rulings which it is worth knowing about, particularly after the interior minister recently warned that students occupying schools would be charged with criminal offences in the context of recent nationwide protests.
> Italy 24 January 2011
> I quaderni dell'osservatorio
> Osservatorio sulla repressione
> meetings/conferences 25 January 2011
> 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
> The 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control will take place at the Université de Savoie in the picturesque town of Chambéry, France from 3rd to 7th September 2011. The titel is: No borders? Exclusion, justice and the politics of fear
> 3-7 September 2011
> Website
> publications/research 26 January 2011
> Crisis-policy EU threatens democracy
> EU member countries parliaments to loose power over economical issues if new EU crisis-policy is accepted
> 19 Januari 2011
> Corporate EU-topia (CEO, pdf))Dutch report
> campaigns/open letters 15 February 2011
> Marocco: La realtà crudele di musulmani imprigionati e torturati
> The story of Abou Elkassim Britel, an extraordinary rendition victim with Italian citizenship who remains in prison in Morocco after he was abducted and tortured in Pakistan in November 2001. The article outlines his ordeal, and his wife Khadija provides information about his current situation in Morocco following her visits to see him in prison, noting that there are many innocent people arrested who are suffering similar abuse.
> Marocco: La realtà crudele di musulmani imprigionati e torturatiGiustizia per Kassima website
> Silvia Cattori
> campaigns/open letters 15 February 2011
> BOSNIA: HUNGER STRIKER’S LETTER: "This centre has become the shame of Europe"
> Letter from nine hunger strikers (Palestinian, Algerian and Tunisian) in Lukavica detention centre, stating their complaints, which include the length of imprisonment, mistreatment and violence against them, and a lack of legal assistance or interpreters.
> BOSNIA: HUNGER STRIKER’S LETTER: "This centre has become the shame of Europe"BOSNIE: LETTRE DES GREVISTES DE LA FAIM : "Ce centre est devenu la honte de l’Europe"CAMPAGNE DE FAX: liberation des grevistes de la faim du camps de LukavicaFAX CAMPAIGN: Realease of the hunger strikers of Lukavica camps
> Hunger strikers in Lukavica detention centre (Migreurop)
> publications/research 19 February 2011
> The EU’s new politics of movement
> The freedom enjoyed by EU citizens to live and work in each others' countries is a unique liberty. It is the basis around which European governments have tried to build a single border, a compensatory system of co-operation between police, judges and immigration officers and a common refugee policy. But hardening attitudes towards immigration in many countries and widening policy disagreements between governments and the EU's institutions are exposing fault-lines in this structure. As the cracks threaten to widen over the coming months, policy-makers face some tricky dilemmas
> 17/02/2011
> Article on weblog
> Hugo Brady
> demonstrations 19 February 2011
> Transnational Migrant Strike Day, 1 March 2011
> On Tuesday, 1st of March 2011, transnational strikes and protests from migrants will take place: Against racism, discrimination and exclusion. For equal rights and same privileges for All.
> 01/03/2011
> Call on no-racism.net
> demonstrations 25 February 2011
> JungleTour 2011
> The 2011 JungleTour for refugees' rights will involve a mission by activists riding on bicycles in northern France, Pas de Calais and Ostend, via Lille and Brussels. "Its aim is to strengthen the relations between the associations involved with them, to raise awareness among the population and to challenge policy makers on the living conditions of refugees and respect for their rights". It is now possible to register in order to take part in the initiative.
> Bailleul, Lille, Brussels, Calais and Ostend 2-14 July 2011
> JungleTour 2011Key textsDocuments on the 2010 JungleTourThe campaign's blog
> French associations including Cimade and LDH
> meetings/conferences 16 March 2011
> Turkish state terror and the struggle for Kurdish language rights
> Turkish state terror under the guise of 'counter-terrorism' has historically enabled the eradication of Kurdish identity and culture. The legacy of Turkish state violence against the Kurds remains in the unsolved mass disappearances and the lack of justice and accountability for torture and other crimes against humanity. Kurds today still routinely face collective repression for speaking in their mother tongue. Prosecutions under terrorism laws for simply saying the words 'Kurd' and 'Kurdistan' indicate the scale of the institutional violence of denying an entire people the right to speak their language and express their true identity.
> London Tuesday, 29 March
> More information
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> 5 years Surveillance Studies
> To celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the investigative network Surveillance Studies two prizes have been issued for 'young colleagues who have done important scientific work on the issues of surveillance and control. There is a jury-prize (for a yet unpublished article of 5000-8000 words) and a public one, for articles that have already been publicised. Submissions or suggestions (in German or English language) can be sent in until June 15 2011.
> March 2011
> More information (German)
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> (NL) Shoplifters to pay extra fine to shopkeeper
> A new program will become active in the Netherlands for shopkeepers who catch someone stealing from their shop. They have to register for "Afrekenen met winkeldieven" ("arrange the bill with shopkeepers") If they catch a shoplifter and hand the person over to the police, this person (the shoplifter that is) will be 'automatically' sentenced to pay a fine of 151 Euro to the shopkeeper. The fine comes on top of whatever other sentence the shoplifter gets.
> April 2011
> Article at nu.nl
> campaigns/open letters 30 March 2011
> (NL) Police to hunt for illegal au pairs in private homes
> the Dutch special police for/against foreigners (vreemdelingenpolitie) is active on a pilot project to check on au pairs that are working in the Netherlands. For this they visit them at the homes where they work. This project is part of a scheme called 'Modern Migrationpolicy' which prescribes that people who employ an au pair, can only do this using a certified bureau.
> Article on this (Dutch) 'au pair law'
> meetings/conferences 19 April 2011
> Conference on Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands
> The Dutch government recently launched a proposal to criminalize undocumented migrants. In response, PICUM and some of its Dutch Members, Stichting LOS, Stichting ROS and the Paulus Church, have decided to organize an international workshop. The workshop titled, “Countering New Legislative Proposals Criminalizing Undocumented Migrants in the Netherlands: Building on Experiences of Resistance Throughout Europe”, is intended to provide a better understanding of laws, policies and practices concerning criminalization of undocumented migrants in different European countries. The workshop will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Friday, 27 May 2011.
> 27 May 2011
> Announcement PICUM
> PICUM eo.
> campaigns/open letters 19 April 2011
> Digitale Gesellschaft (Digital Society)
> A new initiative in Germany to organize campaigns for a "internetpolitics based on civil rights and user friendliness"
> website
> campaigns/open letters 28 April 2011
> Design competition launched for AccessForRights website, 1000 euro prize
> Access Info Europe and Statewatch, two european NGO's campaigning to protect and defend our human rights and civil liberties, are launching a design competition for our new Access for Rights website and project. The Access for Rights project is at the crossroads between the transparency and the civil liberties communites, with coordinated freedom of information requests being designed to reveal violations of our human rights and fundamental freedoms.
> More info on AFR website design competition
> publications/research 01 May 2011
> Political policing in Britain ahead of the Big Day
> If anyone was in any doubt that we have a highly politicized, out-of-control police force in this country with scant regard for basic rights, the build up to the royal wedding will have provided a much-needed corrective. When it comes to our divinely ordained rulers, even the most minimal pretence at neutrality and respect for due process has been dropped and the attitudes and motivations of law enforcement laid bare.
> 28 April 2011
> Article on opendemocracy.net
> Guy Aitchison
> publications/research 01 May 2011
> “Committing a protest”: The Charing Cross arrests
> The following is an anonymous personal account of the arrests of ten activists yesterday morning in London.
> 30 April 2011
> Backgroundaccount of arrest
> demonstrations 09 May 2011
> Demonstration against (NL) Police violence in Utrecht
> he First of May demonstration in Utrecht was heavily repressed by police. The entire demonstration was 'kettled' then attacked by riot police and groups of plain cloth police. Many demonstrators were wounded. To protest against this a demonstration is being held on Thursday May 12
> Utrecht 12 may 2011
> announcement (Dutch)
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> Court case for indemnity after G8 searches 2007
> On May 9 2007, a few weeks before the G8-summit in Heiligendamm, German police stormed around 40 houses and offices of people thought to be involved in organizing protest against the G8. The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) later judged these searches to be illegal. But up till now the German authorities refuse to pay any indemnity to the victims of these searches. Therefore they are going to court again to demand these. The courtcase will be on May 20 in Hamburg.
> More information in German
> campaigns/open letters 09 May 2011
> (GE)Seminar: Police violence out of control?
> Seminar on the practice of independent monitoring of police operations. The focus is on the effect of court cases against violent police.
> Announcement (German)
> campaigns/open letters 19 May 2011
> I Am Bradley Manning
> The Bradley Manning support network has started a new campaign. Everybody is asked to send in pictures declaring that he or she are Bradley Manning, to show support for the wikileaks source and demand justice for him.
> websitecampaign
> meetings/conferences 19 May 2011
> Irish in Britain Seminar Series 2011 (10 - 31 May)
> The recent upturn in Irish migration indicates that Britain continues to be one of the primary destinations of Irish migrants into the 21st Century.  This year's seminar series covers a broad range of research in the field and aims to put current trends into their broader historical and political context.
> 10-31 may 2011
> Seminar program
> campaigns/open letters 08 June 2011
> (Be) Petition for dismissed researcher Barbara van Dyck
> On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction is disproportionate and a breach of academic freedom and freedom of speech. We appeal to academics worldwide to resist this dismissal and to sign this open letter.
> more informationOnline petition
> publications/research 06 July 2011
> study on conditions faced by irregular migrants employed as domestic workers
> EU Fundamental Rights Agency presents new study on conditions faced by irregular migrants employed as domestic workers. Today the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is presenting its report on the fundamental rights of irregular migrants who are employed as domestic workers in the EU. Most irregular migrants in domestic work are women. The report shows that their irregular immigration status, coupled with challenges in regulating domestic work more generally, makes this group very vulnerable to exploitation, including cases of physical abuse. Typical forms of exploitation include low pay, often having to work excessive working hours, and usually not being able to obtain compensation for work-related accidents.
> 05/07/2011
> Announcement FRAFull report here
> publications/research 30 July 2011
> Hungary: invisibles
> In Hungary large scale institutions still house 15 thousand people living with disabilities, often under inhumane circumstances. Watch the HCLU's new film about why this situation has to change, and why it has to change now
> July 13 2011
> Film on website HCLU
> publications/research 11 August 2011
> The death of Jimmy Mubenga: “Securing your world” through privatised manslaughter
> Jimmy Mubenga's death during his removal by private security company civilian staff is indicative of the treatment forced removals are subjected to. Government bodies, campaigning organisations and medical charities have all condemned the "excessive force" applied during forced removals, and criticised private security companies for breaching their duty of care.
> July 2011
> Statewatch Analysis (pdf)
> Trevor Hemmings/Statewatch
> campaigns/open letters 26 August 2011
> (GE) Lawsuit against undercover police
> This month 7 activists from the German City of Heidelberg, using the name "Lawsuit against Undercover Police Working Group" (AG Spitzelklage) have launched a lawsuit in relation to the recent operations of German undercover police agent Simon Bromma. Filing the case against the German State of Baden Wuerttemberg, the lawsuit claims that the operations of the State Police were not in line with the German Constitution, and that issues of proportionality and the invasion of personal space were not properly respected.
> More on website 'spitzelklage'
> publications/research 29 September 2011
> Conference speeches Statewatching Europe: Civil Liberties, the State and the EU
> Statewatchs 20th anniversary conference was held at Conway Hall in London on Saturday 25th June 2011. More than 220 people from 18 EU countries registered and over 30 NGOs attended the conference.
> September 2011
> Videos and material on website
> campaigns/open letters 08 October 2011
> AIP Held the 2011 Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony
> The 9th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria was held on 28 September in the Bulgarian News Agency, Sofia. Access to Information Programme opened the event with the song “Breathe.” The event was broadcast live on Internet. More than hundred people attended the ceremony.
> More on website AIP
> campaigns/open letters 21 October 2011
> (GE) RAV organizes seminar on Interrogation methods in Berlin
> All aspects of interrogation and how lawyers can deal with them, will be dealt with at this two days seminar
> More information in German on website RAV
> campaigns/open letters 01 November 2011
> Urgent Appeal: Stop Arbitrary Detentions in Turkey!
> The international public has so far been oblivious to the so-called “KCK operations” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party for the past two years. Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the Erdogan government has been using the judiciary, the police, and the media to penalize all civic activism in support of rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey. The “KCK operations” in particular have been deployed to spread fear amongst activists, to silence public dissent, and to normalize the arbitrary arrest of citizens.
> Petition
> publications/research 18 November 2011
> (NL) Lobbying for War
> Corporate Europe Observatory in Brussels has issued a report on the lobbying activities of the weapons industry towards the EU
> November 2011
> Report (in Dutch, pdf)
> publications/research 25 November 2011
> (FR) Racial profiling and anti-poor byelaws
> An anti-chiffonnage (literally anti-"rag-and-bone activities") byelaw was adopted on 21 October 2011 by a French municipality, Nogent-sur-Marne in the southeast of Paris. It replaced a previous byelaw that had been adopted on 5 October 2011 prohibiting "scavenging" in public bins (fine of 38 Euros). [1] The anti-chiffonnage byelaw was suspended by the Administrative Court of Melun on 22 November 2011 after the Human Rights League launched a successful simplified appeal procedure: this leads to the temporary suspension of a decision, until a more in-depth investigation and decision is made by the Tribunal.
> 22 November 2011
> English article at StatewatchAnnouncement LDH in French
> publications/research 03 December 2011
> European Court rules German arrest of G8-activists illegal
> The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that two persons arrested during the G8-protests in Heiligendamm in 2007, were illegally. They were arrested and kept in prison for almost six days after their care had been searched and banners were found with the tekst "Freedom for all Prisoners".
> 1 December 2011
> More information in German
> publications/research 06 December 2011
> Migreurop Migration Policy Chronology
> This chronology seeks to make it easier to understand European migration and asylum policies through a time-framed comparison of the evolution of the legal framework (columns A1 to A3), the public discourse (B1) and the facts (B2). The table is updated twice a year.
> 30 November 2011
> Migreurop website
> publications/research 17 January 2012
> For the Respect of all migrant workers
> Critical Report n° 9 from CETIM, the Third World Centre in Geneva, is on the human rights of migrant workers
> October 2011
> The report as pdf
> publications/research 18 January 2012
> the meaning of treaties and readmission agreements between Italy and north African states
> The Italian government and the EU are attempting to urgently re-establish readmission agreements with new regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya with scant regard for the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers. A �state of emergency� has been declared in Italy which has allowed the government to derogate from certain laws and fast-track the application process.
> Jan 2012
> Statewatch analysis (pdf)
> Yasha Maccanico
> meetings/conferences 01 February 2012
> Social Movements in the Digital Tsunami
> Day long conference on many aspects of policing protests, as counter to the European Police Congress” (14. – 15.february)
> Berlin 04 February 2012
> Details conference
> publications/research 01 February 2012
> When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?
> The G8/NATO summit heading to Chicago this spring is still several months off, but the city’s security preparations are in full swing. Officials recently expanded Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s authority and increased the application requirements for protest groups in preparation for the Chicago’s turn in the international spotlight this May.
> 30 January 2012
> Article on website Atlantic Cities
> David Lepeska
> publications/research 16 February 2012
> Building Biometrics: Knowledge Construction in the Democratic Control of Surveillance Technology
> If surveillance technologies are to be democratically controlled, then knowledge of these technologies is required. What do they do? How do they work? What are the costs? Yet gaining this knowledge in the context of a new surveillance technology such as biometrics can be problematic, because no settled definition exists. Competing versions of biometrics appear in both public and governmental discourse on the technology: different ideas about how often it fails, where it can be used and even what it does. This paper is an exploration of how these different versions compete with each other, and how knowledge about a new surveillance technology such as biometrics is thus constructed.
> Dec 2011
> Website with link to pdf
> Jonathan Bright/Surveillance & Society
> campaigns/open letters 16 February 2012
> Harmondsworth blockaders held by police for second night
> Eleven No Borders activists arrested on Tuesday during a detention centre blockade are being held by police for a second night. They are due to appear at Uxbridge magistrates court at 10am this morning, charged with causing 'serious disruption to the life of the community' under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
> More info on website Noborders
> campaigns/open letters 28 February 2012
> Campaign for access of civil society and journalists for detention centres in Europe and Beyond:OPEN ACCESS NOW!
> European Alternatives and Migreurop, together with more than 20 organisations all over Europe launch the Campaign 'Open Access Now'. In Europe today, roughly 600,000 people including children are detained every year, most often without a court decision.Today, in most EU countries, journalists and civil society have very limited access to migrant detention centres. Often, even when one accesses it is impossible to meet people in detention, or even to talk to them. Generally, only Members of national and European Parliaments have right of access. This lack of transparency increases the risk of malpractice and numerous rights violations. Places where foreigners are detained must not remain a reality that is hidden from us. Why should we not have access? We want to know what is happening there.
> Campaign for access of civil society and
> Migreurop / European Alternatives
> publications/research 28 February 2012
> New helpline for undocumented migrants
> The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has announced the launch of an advice line for undocumented migrants in London.
> 24 February 2012
> Announcement bij IRR
> campaigns/open letters 02 March 2012
> Campaign to end the immigration detention of children
> The campaign to end the immigration detention of children will be launched on the 21st of March this year at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. At the event IDC will invite various specialists to speak on the issue and present a policy paper that outlines a new model for preventing the immigration detention of children. This will also mark the formal launch of the campaign
> Campaign to end the immigration detention of children
> International Detention Coalition
> campaigns/open letters 06 March 2012
> (Nl) Woman refused passport before judge in appeal
> Nanette Boers was refused a passport because she refused to hand over her digital fingerprints to be stored on a chip in her passport, and in a central database. A courtcase will decide on March 8.
> Press release VrijbitDossier on Boers (Dutch)
> Vrijbit
> publications/research 06 March 2012
> Verein Grundrechte Schweiz on repression during WEF in Davos
> Every year the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos. Security is tight and rights of demonstrators and media are often infringed. Verein Grundrechte Schweiz collected the facts of repression during this years' WEF
> 31 January 2012
> Website (German)
> Verein Grundrechte Schweiz
> publications/research 06 March 2012
> Swiss Parliament demands information on the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’
> After the discovery in 2011 of the use of ‘Staatstrojaner’ (computer mallware) by the Swiss security services, the Swiss parliament wants to be informed on the details.
> 02 March 2012
> Article on website (German)
> Unwatched.org
> publications/research 09 March 2012
> Reclaim the Seas
> "The fishermen, when they lose their fish, they think" - A., Somali in Germany. Since November 2010, ten Somali citizens are on trial for Piracy in Hamburg, Germany. This blog is about the trial and the background on why fishermen are forced to change their profession.
> March 2012
> Weblog
> publications/research 22 March 2012
> Greece: a suicide of "increasing austerity"
> The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH), the Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) and the French League of Human Rights, (LDH), consider that austerity measures imposed on Greece lead the society to a dramatic and suicidal situation.
> February 2012
> Declaration on website HLHR
> Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR)
> campaigns/open letters 25 March 2012
> Letter to FRONTEX from European Ombudsman
> The European Ombudsman, Nikiforos Diamandouros, has written an official letter to the head of FRONTEX, pointing at the fact that the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the EU is legally binding for all EU Institutions, including FRONTEX
> The letter (as pdf-file)
> European Ombudsman/statewatch
> campaigns/open letters 25 March 2012
> Know your rights on on stop & search, especially during the 2012 Olympics
> Poet, writer and patron of Newham Monitoring Project Benjamin Zephaniah explains why it is important for young people in east London to know their rights on stop & search, especially during the 2012 Olympics.
> Article and clip on NMP-website
> Newham Monitoring Project (NMP)
> publications/research 04 April 2012
> Stop and search flashmob
> urban dancers flash mobbed Trafalgar Square and Grosvenor Square on Saturday 31 March 2012 as part of the Stopwatch campaign against discrimination in stop and search.
> London 4 April 2012
> Clip and description on website
> Network for Police Monitoring
> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2012
> Preemptive Arrests Planned for Olympics Protesters?
> "(...) A month ago the police dropped very strong hints that they planned to repeat the preemptive arrests of peaceful protesters that they used during the Royal Wedding. (...)"
> Article on Beyond Clicktivism
> Beyond Clicktivism
> publications/research 18 April 2012
> Protester receives Olympics asbo
> London man who opposed construction of basketball venue believed to be first to receive wide-ranging ban from Olympics
> London 17 April 2012
> Article in The Guardian
> Guardian
> campaigns/open letters 18 April 2012
> Annual General Assembly EADH
> The AEDH organises its annual General assembly and seminar in Brno, Czech Republic, on 27, 28 and 29 April 2012. During its General assembly, the AEDH will organise, with the Czech Helsinki Committee, its annual seminar on "Roma in Europe". It will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, on 27 April 2012.
> Website AEDH
> publications/research 19 April 2012
> German Government wants to retain information on all internet traffic
> According to a leaked law proposal, the German government wants to collect - and retain for 7 days - all traffic on internet (including mobile phones and email).
> 18 April 2012
> German article Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> Arbeitskreise Vorratsdatenspeicherung
> meetings/conferences 09 May 2012
> Frankfurt authorities try to ban all protests
> Organisations have been planning protests at the European Central bank (ECB) in Frankfurt from May 16-19 to protest EU austerity policies. Local authorities have been refusing to cooperate with the organisers, and have now issued an prohibition of all protests and demonstrations during those days (including a mass demonstration on Saturday May 19).
> Frankfurt 09 May 2012
> More informationSign petition against ban here
> Blockupy Frankfurt
> campaigns/open letters 10 May 2012
> Boats 4 People: Transnational Newsletter No.1
> Boats 4 People starts concrete mobilisation. The project will be on tour between Italy and Tunisia from 1st July to 19 July 2012. Join the project ! All kind of support needed ! Boats4People aims to observe the situation in the Mediterranean Sea, collect information on the situation of migrants, disseminate it in the media and denounce the role played by the EU. Boats4People also participates in the preparation of legal files on cases of non-assistance by European military or border control boats. Another objective is to build a network of sailors to alert us to violations of migrants� human rights at sea. The cooperation between European and African organizations, activists and researchers is meant as a step towards a strong long-term alliance. By mobilizing people in the Mediterranean, Africa and Europe we strive for a Mediterranean that will become a place of solidarity and cease to be a mass grave for migrants. We advocate freedom of movement for all.
> Newsletter no 1
> Boats 4 People
> campaigns/open letters 10 May 2012
> Letter to Frankfurt Mayor Roth
> The German Grundrechtekomitee has written an open letter to Frankfurt Mayor Roth, to denounce the ban on demonstrations against the European Central Bank
> Open Letter (German)
> Grundrechtekomitee
> campaigns/open letters 14 May 2012
> Grundrechtekomitee calls for demonstration against Frankfurt Ban
> Local authorities in Frankfurt have declared a complete ban on all actions and demonstrations. To protest against this the Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie calls for a demonstration on May 17 in Frankfurt
> German call on website Grundrechtekomitee
> Komitee fur Grundrechte
> campaigns/open letters 21 June 2012
> Police Brutality: Know Your Rights
> US website criminology.com made a graphic overview of the state of police brutality in the US, the official rights citizens have and the relativity of it.
> know your rights
> criminology.com
> publications/research 21 June 2012
> ENS: European Network on Statelessness
> ENS raises awareness about statelessness, and provides a platform for collaboration among civil society organizations.
> June 2012
> Website ENS
> campaigns/open letters 26 June 2012
> Iranian refugees on hungerstrike in Würzburg (GE)
> Website Press release June 22
> publications/research 28 June 2012
> (NL)City of Nijmegen wants camera surveillance on dole receivers
> The city of Nijmegen plans to investigate on dole receivers that they suspect of fraude (without having any official proof), using cameras aimed at their homes.
> Nijmegen 22 June 2012
> Dutch article on website
> Jurofoon
> publications/research 18 July 2012
> INUK (Innocence Network)
> The Innocence Network UK (INUK) is a practical response to the needs of alleged victims of wrongful conviction that have been identified in academic research.
> 19 July 2012
> website
> campaigns/open letters 02 August 2012
> Revising the ‘Dublin’ rules on responsibility for asylum-seekers: Further developments
> "The EP and Council reached a tentative deal on the revision of the ‘Dublin Regulation’, which allocates responsibility for asylum-seekers to a single Member State, in June 2012. This was the subject of a detailed Statewatch analysis at the time, which concluded that it was a ‘missed opportunity’ to reform these flawed rules more fundamentally. However, for the Member States’ permanent representatives to the EU (known as ‘Coreper’), this deal was too generous: they objected to the change in rules relating to unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers and to the rules intended to limit the time period of detention of asylum-seekers subject to the Dublin process. Following further talks, the EP and the Council have reached a revised tentative deal, although this is subject to some ‘technical’ amendments by the Council and further discussions on the procedure for adopting measures implementing the Regulation (known as ‘comitology’)."
> PDF on Statewatch website
> Steve Peers/Statewatch
> meetings/conferences 16 August 2012
> National Antifascist Camp in Dortmund
> From August 24 untill September 2nd there will be an antifa-camp in Dortmund, with an ample program of workshops, debates and actions.
> Dortmund August 2012
> Website
> campaigns/open letters 16 August 2012
> End s60 stop and search
> An open letter to Theresa May, Nick Herbert and Bernard Hogan-Howe has been published by a collective of organisations opposing police stop and search policy, including Netpol. The letter calls for, amongst other things, the suspension of s60 stop and search powers, which allow the police to stop and search whoever they wish, without any need for ‘reasonable suspicion’.
> Open letter on website
> Netpol.org
> campaigns/open letters 23 August 2012
> Doctors of the World (Spain) launch campaign 'right to cure'
> The campaign for 'the right to cure' aims at supporting medical personnel in Spain who refuse to abide to the new law Real Decreto Ley 16/2012. This law excludes undocumented migrants from health care in Spain
> Press Release Medicos del MundoSpecial campaign website
> Kees/Statewatrch
> demonstrations 23 August 2012
> Iranian refugees in Germany call for all refugees to join march to Berlin
> A wave of actions from refugees for rights, started in march 2012 in Würzburg. Iranian refugees call for a collective march to Berlin, starting on September 8
> 8 September 2012
> websiteCall for all refugees (different languages)Chronology of actions (German)
> Kees/Statewatch
> campaigns/open letters 11 September 2012
> Refugee support group issues 'passport for Amsterdam'
> Regugee support group ASKV has issued a 'passport for Amsterdam' for undocumented migrants
> Passport on website ASKV
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Everyone who attended #OWS with a cell phone had their identity logged, says security expert
> private investigator Steven Rambam tells about modern electronic surveillance powers and declares "Privacy Is Dead."
> 22 September 2012
> Article and video on website
> PrivacySOS
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Forced Migration Current Awareness
> A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason
> 19 September 2012
> Website
> Elisa Mason
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Pregnant, detained, and subjected to force in the UK
> Pregnant women are being held in immigration detention by the British government, violating statutory legislation, and subjecting them to the use of force, says Natasha Tsangarides
> 17 September 2012
> Article on website
> Natasha Tsangarides
> publications/research 09 October 2012
> (NL) No privacy anymore for anyone on the dole.
> A new law was adopted by the Dutch senate on October 2 2012, allowing searches of homes of anyone receiving any state support (unemployment benefits or child-support). Authorities can perform a search of a house without a formal suspicion of fraud (as was needed previous for a house search).
> 8 October 2012
> Article on website
> privacybarrometer
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> University research shows US authorities have access to Dutch internet'cloud'.
> Report of Institute for Information Right (University of Amsterdam) reveals that the American Patriot Act claims the right to access computer information stored in 'cloud'even if this storage takes place outside of the USA.
> September 2012
> Report (in Dutch)Website IVIR
> campaigns/open letters 25 October 2012
> Dutch proposal to search and destroy foreign computers
> On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. These powers would extend to computers located outside the Netherlands. Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom warns for the unacceptable risks to cybersecurity and calls on other countries to strongly oppose the proposal.
> English article on BOF-websiteSupport for campaign by EFF
> Bits of Freedom
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> Prohibition of gathering in Frankfurt deemed unlawful
> One of the events that was declared illegal and subjected to police repression in Frankfurt during the 'Blockupy'protests in May 2012 was organised by the Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie to protest the prohibitions. The Verwaltungsgericht has decided that the prohibition was unlawful.
> 10 October 2012
> German article
> Komitee fuer Grundrechte und Demokratie
> campaigns/open letters 25 October 2012
> 6000 Euro fine for asking permission for demonstration
> The person who officially registred the demonstration of September 25 (against the austerity measures in Madrid) received a fine of 6000 euro
> Spanish article
> El Ventano
> publications/research 25 October 2012
> Police Brutality in a detention center in Bulgaria
> On the 16th of October, eight Syrian asylum-seekers were brutally beaten by the police in the detention center for foreigners in the city of Lyubimets, close to the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The same day, one of the detainees attempted to talk to the guards in the prison in order to receive information about his request to be sent back to Turkey. The prison guards responded with violence.
> 18 October 2012
> English article
> Europolice
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2012
> Many injustices at mass court case against 46 Turkish lawyers
> 46 lawyers are being prosecuted, accused of supporting the Turkish independance struggle. Some of the lawyers are being held in prinson for over a year. The German lawyers organisation RAV is present at the court cases to register the proceedings, and has registered many worrying injustices.
> Press Release RAV (German)
> campaigns/open letters 11 November 2012
> Troika for everyone, forever
> "Harsh loan conditions and a wave of EU-laws that prescribe neoliberal policies have triggered a major attack on welfare and democracy in Europe. Can it get any worse? A look at the proposals for a fiscal union and deeper economic integration shows quite clearly that it can."
> Article on Website
> Corporate Europe Observatory
> publications/research 21 November 2012
> The trouble with Fortress Europe
> To prevent illegal immigration, the EU has built a set of far-reaching border control and enforcement policies. But it doesn't work: today's 'Fortress Europe' is an inefficient, immoral and costly bureaucratic construction that should be urgently reformed.
> 21 November 2012
> Article on website Opendemocracy
> Mathew Carr/Open Democracy
> campaigns/open letters 21 November 2012
> UK Border Agency calls on councils to ensure 339 individuals are not left homeless
> Councils in the north of England have been forced to provide accommodation for hundreds of asylum seekers because a private company failed to meet its deadline to rehouse them.
> Article on website
> refugeenewsnetwork. (RNN)
> publications/research 21 November 2012
> Why privacy matters
> Privacy International asked lawyers, activists, researchers and hackers at Defcon 2012 about some of the debates that thrive at the intersection between law, technology and privacy. We also wanted to know why privacy matters to them, and what they thought the future of privacy looked like. This video is a result of those conversations.
> 20 November 2012
> Article with video
> Emma Draper/Privacy International
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> German Secret service spies on leftist MPs
> According to the weekly Welt am Sonntag, Minister of interior Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) ordered the secret service (Verfassungsschutz) to spy on 25 (of in total 76) members of parliament of the leftist party Die Linke. Also four members of the European Parliament would be spied on. The minister refused to confirm this disclosure, but had stated to the same magazine that Die Linke would be object of observation as long as they "comprised extremists". The leader of the Linke Fraction Gregor Gysi protested vehemently against the Verfassungschutz act, as "Die Linke does not form a threat tot the security of the state". He got the support of the Social Democrats and The Greens, both demanding stopping of the activities.
> 28 November 2012
> German Article in Die WeltGerman article on reactions in parliament
> Kees/Statewatch
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> Police Spies Out of Lives
> Support group for women's legal action against undercover policing
> November 2012
> Website
> Website
> publications/research 10 December 2012
> New global report on discrimination against the nonreligious
> The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has produced the first report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people. Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious has been published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.
> 10 December 2012
> Website IHEU
> campaigns/open letters 11 December 2012
> Open letter to Dutch Minister on plan for remote searches of computers
> 43 NGO's sign letter against plans to grant Dutch police the authority to break into local and foreign computers and remotely conduct searches and delete data in the course of a criminal investigation.
> Open letter (pdf)
> 43 NGO's
> publications/research 11 December 2012
> 24% of EU population 'at risk of poverty or social exclusion'
> Twenty-four percent of the EU population - or 119.6 million people - were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2011, according to Eurostat figures published yesterday (3 December).
> 04 December 2012
> Article at EurActiv
> Eurostat/EurActiv
> publications/research 04 January 2013
> New video on Canadas 'Refugee Exclusion Act'
> On December 15, 2012, the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31, formally the "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act") will be fully implemented. Please watch, and share this video, of past and current immigration detainees and No One Is Illegal - Toronto organizers explaining the impacts of these new laws. Filmed by Liberation Cooperative Organization outside the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre.
> 14 December 2012
> New VideoKey Facts about Detention
> No One is Illegal Toronto
> publications/research 06 January 2013
> 5 Reasons to Be Terrified That Computers Can Now Read Faces
> The ability of computers to recognize faces is so common now that your Xbox Kinect can do it, logging you in the moment you step in front of the thing. It seems like a fairly harmless invention -- if anything, it will save you a few seconds when (for instance) your future house will recognize that it's you at the door instead of a burglar. But this technology is going in a series of extremely creepy directions.
> 29 November 2012
> Article on website cracked.com
> Monte Richard/Cracked.com
> meetings/conferences 15 January 2013
> HANDS UP FOR INQUEST 2013 – Fundraising dinner
> Hosted by Jon Snow, with special guest comedian Doc Brown. Thursday 7 March 2013 @ The Tabernacle, London W11 Please join us for an evening of good food, laughter and entertainment, all in aid of INQUEST’s award-winning work
> 08 January 2013
> Website Inquest
> Inquest
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Schedule 7 terror laws used to interrogate activists
> There is now abundant evidence that the police are using terrorism powers to stop and question activists on their political activities when they pass through UK ports.
> Article on website
> Netpol
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Amsterdam's Plan to Resettle "Antisocial Tenants" in Containment Camps Set to Begin This Month
> Amsterdam (...) has announced an illiberal social containment and human disposability scheme to house what the Dutch are calling "antisocial tenants." The plan is to warehouse live bodies - or an ever-mounting population of surplus labor - in converted shipping containers.
> Article on Truthout
> Danny Weil, Truthout
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> European Privacy Day 2013
> On January 28, the world celebrates Privacy Day, a day in which events are held around the world to recognize the importance of privacy for our human values and fundamental freedoms. European Privacy Day 2013 is a platform that gives visibility to events, organised by governmental and other institutions and civil society,that draw the attention to the value privacy and data protection have in our societies or engage the citizen in privacy relevant activities.
> website
> europeanprivacyday.org/
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> Solidarity with Fighting Refugees in Choucha / Tunisia
> This blog will provide you with informations and ressources on the protest of refugees from Choucha refugee-camp in Tunisia.
> Chouchaprotest blog
> Blog on Choucha refugee-camp
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> "Judges deny anti-GMO activists a fair trial"
> Dendermonde/Brussels, 15/01/2013 - In the presence of a huge crowd of supporters from a range of organisations, the court of Dendermonde (Belgium) has denied 11 anti-GMO activists the legal right to a defence in court
> Article on website GM WatchSupport groupVideo about the case
> GM-Watch
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976
> COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976 shows how the application of colonial counter-insurgency theory led to the recruitment of paramilitaries by plain-clothes army units in the early 1970s.
> 28 january 2013
> Announcement on websiteReport (as pdf)State Violence and Collusion Project
> Pat Finucane Centre and Spinwatch
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> The 1949 Causeway Green ‘riots’ reassessed
> Kevin Searle’s ‘“Mixing of the unmixables”: the 1949 Causeway Green “riots” in Birmingham’ examines a hitherto unknown landmark in British race relations which throws into question standard accounts of postwar immigration.
> Press release IRRChapter in Race & Class
> Kevin Searle/IRR
> publications/research 07 February 2013
> Capita gets bigger slice of UK immigration cake, chokes on first bites
> Thousands of migrants received threatening text messages over the Christmas holiday telling them they did not have the right to be in the UK and should leave the country immediately. But many of them reportedly had valid visas, leaves to remain or even British passports. The texts were sent on behalf of the immigration authorities by the outsourcing giant Capita under a new £30 million contract to trace and contact 'overstayers'.
> 25 January 2013
> Article on website
> Corporate Watch
> publications/research 28 February 2013
> Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000: A police snooping tool to protect private profit
> Corporate Watch researchers Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper have been stopped and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 a total of five times between them at UK airports while travelling to Egypt and returning from research trips in Palestine.
> 27 February 2013
> Article on website
> Corporate Watch
> publications/research 28 February 2013
> Dramatic footage released of Antwerp police killing arrestee
> Jonathan Jacob was a 26 year old inhabitant of Antwerp with psychiatric problems. In January 2010 he died while in police custody after a police unit of 6 officers from the special assistance team (Bijzonder Bijstandsteam, BBT) invaded his cell and physically attacked him. Before invading the cell, they had thrown a tear-gas grenade inside.
> 27 February 2013
> Short report with links on website statewatch
> Statewatch
> demonstrations 14 March 2013
> Solidarity gathering for No Border Activists Brussels
> During the week of September 26 to October 1, 2010 was held a No Border camp in Brussels (..) Activists were arrested and convicted in April 2012 respectively to one year and six months suspended sentence (five years !) during a political-like trial they decided to appeal that verdict.
> Brussels 10 March 2013
> Press Release on website
> Indymedia Brussels
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> Protest at Mass Arrest of Trade Unionists in Turkey
> It is with dismay and outrage that once again we learn of yet another round of mass arrests in Turkey. This time the victims of this repressive police action, which has become all too commonplace in the country in recent months, are trade union activists and union officials.
> More on website (pdf)
> Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
> publications/research 11 April 2013
> A Three-Fold Attack On Protest
> A promotional video for the Defend the Right to Protest Conference that took place on 14th October 2012. The film looks at the history of the police, the development of militarised methods of policing, and the increasing criminalisation of protest.
> October 2012
> Online video
> Dialectical Films
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2013
> What is it that you do not understand, mr prime minister?
> A magazine cover showing a photoshopped image of the Greek Prime Minister with torture scars on his face, in direct reference to the Greek Police’s use of torture, sparked controversy, with MPs maintaining that it is “an invitation to terrorism”.
> Article on Borderline Reports
> Augustine Zenakos, Borderline Reports
> publications/research 28 April 2013
> Venice Commission Reexamines the Hungarian Fundamental Law
> The delegation of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, has visited Hungary with the mandate to reexamine and reevaluate the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law of Hungary and its potential consequences.
> 17 April 2013
> Article on website HCLU
> meetings/conferences 28 April 2013
> Conference on the rights of refugees and migrants
> Der Fremde als Feind? Heimatlos, Ausgegrenzt (The Foreigner as enemy? Without country, expulsed) Conference on May 4, Berlin
> 19 April 2013
> campaigns/open letters 29 April 2013
> Launching Big Brother Awards (Belgium)
> On May 30th the Big Brother Award will be announced, voting has started on 8 candidates.
> WebsiteAnnouncement at datapanik.org (Dutch)
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> Freedom for the five of Barcelona
> On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.
> Text in English on website
> Solidarity website
> publications/research 27 May 2013
> A Three-Fold Attack On Protest
> A promotional video for the Defend the Right to Protest Conference that took place on 14th October 2012. The film looks at the history of the police, the development of militarised methods of policing, and the increasing criminalisation of protest.
> 3 October 2012
> Online video
> Anthony Killick
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> The Era of the Digital Mercenaries
> Online surveillance is a growing danger for journalists, bloggers, citizen-journalists and human rights defenders. The Spyfiles that WikiLeaks released in 2012 showed the extent of the surveillance market, its worth (more than 5 billion dollars) and the sophistication of its products.
> Report on website
> Reporters Without Borders
> campaigns/open letters 13 June 2013
> Bits of Freedom: Dutch spooks must stop use of PRISM
> Today reveals that also the Dutch intelligence services make use of PRISM, the controversial US intelligence program that was exposed by the newspaper The Guardian. Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom demands the immediate halt of this practice and a thorough investigation into the use by the Dutch intelligence services of PRISM and comparable programs.
> Article on website BOF
> Bits of freedom
> campaigns/open letters 13 June 2013
> Government's legal aid cuts threaten to 'decimate' access to justice - new warning
> The government’s proposed cuts to legal aid and restrictions to the judicial review process constitute an unprecedented threat to accessing justice in England and Wales, Amnesty International has said ahead of a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice tomorrow.
> Call on website AIUK
> Amnesty International UK
> publications/research 13 June 2013
> Naked Citizens – new documentary about surveillance technology
> (...) A new documentary out about surveillance, police using drones, legally extracting information form phones, FinFisher, CCTV, the NSA, Wikileaks and new trends in surveillance technology: Naked Citizens, Journeyman Pictures.
> 28 May 2013
> Review on Blog
> Annalist
> publications/research 20 June 2013
> Europe’s pariah state? the future of human rights in Britain
> With nativism, racism and fascism on the rise throughout Europe, informing government policies towards migrants and other unpopular minorities as well as popular right-wing, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-Roma movements, the European system of human rights is vital. But, since taking office in September 2012, Conservative justice minister Chris Grayling has made no secret of his desire to get rid of the Human Rights Act and to ‘dramatically curtail’ the role of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK.
> 2 May 2013
> Briefing Paper on website
> Institute of Race relations
> campaigns/open letters 20 June 2013
> A World Refugee Day ... for refugees the European Union still does not want to accept - Joint Appeal
> On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, AEDH and its members issue a joint appeal expressing their disappointement with the minimum reform to the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the urge for a European Union showing solidarity and offering a dignified reception to the refugees who ask for our help.
> Appeal on website AEDH
> publications/research 11 July 2013
> TAFTA, the US-EU's Trojan Trade Agreement: Talks (and Leaks) Begin
> The first round of talks in what the U.S. and EU trade representatives intend to be the largest bilateral trade agreement ever have begun. The governments call it TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Everyone else calls it TAFTA, the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement. Whatever the name, it will regulate all U.S. and EU trade, or around 30 percent of world trade in goods. And according to the first leaks of negotiation documents, it threatens to be yet another trojan horse for copyright and internet issues.
> 8 July 2013
> Article on website EFF
> publications/research 11 July 2013
> Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) demonstrates Guantanamo force-feeding Standard Operating Procedure
> Yasiin Bey appears in a video launched July 8 2013 demonstrating the Standard Operating Procedure for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.
> 8 July 2013
> Online video
> Various
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> After PRISM : 181 ONGs ask for less surveillance and improved data protection standards
> As technologies that facilitate State surveillance of communications advance, States are failing to ensure that laws and regulations related to communications surveillance adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. This document attempts to explain how international human rights law applies in the current digital environment, particularly in light of the increase in and changes to communications surveillance technologies and techniques.
> Announcement on website EAFSJOriginal call
> demonstrations 14 August 2013
> Callout for Organizing the Non-citizens' Protestmarch to Munich
> After the protest of the hungerstriking NC's at Rindermarkt, the violent eviction by the police and in view of the fact that none of the demands of the protesters were met, the NC's will continue their protests. So, the protesters from Rindermarkt, which are definitely not going to go back to the camps, jointly decided to walk in the form of two protest marches to Munich through Bavaria, to inform as many NC's as possible and to give the opportunity to participate in this protest to those who also want to do something about these conditions.
> 29 July 2013
> Website
> Refugee tent Action
> publications/research 24 August 2013
> Media coverage of protests at G4S AGM 2013
> Here is a selection of the media coverage that the actions at the G4S AGM have generated
> August 2013
> Links on website
> Stop G4S
> campaigns/open letters 24 August 2013
> Two Reasons to Liberate European Cinema
> European governments should liberate the films and television series that they fund from copyright law, both as a matter of fairness to their own citizens, and as a pragmatic matter of cultural and industrial strategy.
> Article on website BOFComment on European Audiovisual Policy
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2013
> What stop and search really means
> Below we reproduce a letter from the StopWatch Youth Group to the Home Secretary on ‘what stop and search really means for young people and why this consultation is only the beginning’.
> Link to letter
> campaigns/open letters 19 October 2013
> France: « Stop the expulsions ! »
> The French League for Human rights welcomes and supports the mobilization of the students that are demonstrating today in France to support Leonarda Dibrani and Khatchik Kachatryan. These young girls have been expelled from France to Kosovo and Armenia.
> Short intro and link to press release