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> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> VD Amok
> Anti-militarist and conscientious objectors organization that works closely together with the peace movement
> Holland 
> website
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 21 November 2005
> Save Omar - Justice for Omar Deghayes
> Along with an estimated 210 other detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Omar is on hunger strike asking for enforcement of the Geneva Conventions.
> Save Omar websiteCage prisoners website
> Save Omar campaign
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> demonstrations 03 January 2006
> Justice for the British Residents in Guantanamo Bay - Bring them home - Support the Hunger Strikers - Shut down all illegal US jails
> Assemble 12 noon, Tothill Street, London (nearest tube St James Park). March via Downing Street to the American Embassy in Grovesnor Square.
> London, UK 21 January 2006
> Save Omar website
> The Save Omar Deghayes campaign, The Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign, The Manchester Guantanamo and Belmarsh Campaign
> 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
> publications/research 09 January 2006
> Damning documentary evidence unveiled. Dissident bloggers in coordinated exposé of UK government lies over torture.
> "With Tony Blair and Jack Straw cornered on extraordinary rendition, the UK government is particularly anxious to suppress all evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence extracted by foreign torturers. The Foreign Office is now seeking to block publication of Craig Murray's forthcoming book, which documents his time as Ambassador to Uzbekistan. The Foreign Office has demanded that Craig Murray remove all references to two especially damning British government documents, indicating that our government was knowingly receiving information extracted by the Uzbeks through torture, and return every copy that he has in his possession. Craig Murray is refusing to do this. Instead, the documents have been published on blogs all around the world.
> 29 December 2005
> Murray documentscraigmurray.org.uk
> Craig Murray
> publications/research 23 January 2006
> “War on Terror”
> Amnesty International Annual Lecture Hosted by Trinity College
> 18 January 2006
> Amnesty International IrelandFull-text (pdf)Audio (Newstalk 106)
> Professor Noam Chomsky
> meetings/conferences 23 January 2006
> Bloody Sunday Programme 2006
> 34 years after the day internationally regarded as the watershed in the militarisation of the conflict in the North of Ireland, the verdict of the second British inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday is imminent. The programme of events includes debates, reflection and memorial - culminating in the annual Bloody Sunday commemorative march on 29 January.
> Derry, Ireland (North) 18-29 January 2006
> Programme (pdf)
> Bloody Sunday Centre
> 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 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 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
> 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
> 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)
> publications/research 20 March 2006
> A new European Century: the dangers of a military EU and those who resist
> Contents: "Bayonets bared for Europe’s military future", Enzo Mangini; "A Europe of peace is possible", Hilary Wainwright, "Strong roots for a better future", Kate Hudson; "Plane Thinking" (on the multi-billion dollar Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)), Gemma Galdon and Wilbert van der Zeijden; "Women in black", Cynthia Cockburn.
> 2006
> Eurotopia issue 2Spanish versionEurotopia website
> Eurotopia, Issue 2
> meetings/conferences 18 April 2006
> Torture & ‘Security’ Agencies in the ‘War on Terror’
> Recent revelations and allegations about extra-ordinary rendition suggest complicity by European governments in ‘torture flights’. Such involvement has precedents in British and American foreign policy, dating back to their involvement in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. Today the problem goes far beyond torture flights: ‘security’ agencies in Europe have a broader complicity in global torture through cooperation with repressive regimes, e.g. by exchanging information on dissidents, deporting them to torture, using the consequent ‘information’ to intern or prosecute individuals in Europe, etc. In some cases these agencies are targeting movements which were previously encouraged as means to counter Left or nationalist politics, before the ‘blow-back’ led to violent attacks in Europe.
> Garden Court Chambers, london 22 April 2006
> Invitation
> Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute & others
> 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.
> 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 21 April 2006
> Renew for freedom
> A broad coalition of opponents to the ID card in the UK is encouraging people to renew their passport in May 2006 to avoid avoid fingerprinting and the ID card.
> Renew for freedom websiteHow to do it - factsheet
> NO2ID + supporting groups
> publications/research 25 April 2006
> Arming Big Brother The EU’s Security Research Programme
> The European Union is preparing to spend up to €1 billion per year on new ‘research’ into surveillance and control technologies, according to Arming Big Brother, a new report by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and Statewatch. “Arms industry lobbying is leading to the creation of a powerful new internal security-industrial complex,” says Ben Hayes, author of the report. Arming Big Brother lifts the lid on the secretive committees and arms industry lobbying that led to the creation of the European Security Research Programme (ESRP).
> April 2006
> Press releaseFull-text of report
> Statewatch & Transnational Institute
> meetings/conferences 02 May 2006
> International conference on the privatization of war
> The sessions will focus on the growing engagement of private military and security companies (PMCs/PSCs) in today's armed conflicts. Leading specialists, university experts and the representatives of PMCs/PSCs will discuss the origins of the private provision of military services, current situation in this field and the legal consequences.
> Warsaw, Poland 27-28 April 2006
> ICRC calendar of eventsconference website
> ICRC Regional Delegation for Central Europe and the Polish Institute of International Affairs
> 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
> meetings/conferences 08 May 2006
> Homeland and Border Security: Securing Our Future
> "This event is aimed at the entire community working towards safeguarding the UK against organised crime, cybercrime and terrorism of all kinds." The conference is supported/sponsored by a host of private companies involved in the private security industry.
> QEII Conference Centre, London 4 July 2006
> Conference website
> GovNet events
> 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)
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> meetings/conferences 29 June 2006
> IRR lunchtime seminars
> The final three seminars in the series: Monday 10 July: ASYLUM LAW: CREEPING CRIMINALISATION; Monday 17 July: THE EURABIAN NIGHTMARE; Monday 31 July: THE NEED FOR MEDICAL JUSTICE: OBTAINING EFFECTIVE HEALTHCARE FOR DETAINED ASYLUM SEEKERS. The seminars will be held on Mondays at the IRR. They will start promptly at 1pm and end at 2.15pm. Seats are limited so please book your place by phone (020 7837 0041) or email (info@irr.org.uk) if you wish to attend a seminar or if there are other people that you think should be invited to participate.
> London July 2006
> IRR website
> Institute of Race Relations
> 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
> 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 12 August 2006
> Informationen
> This monthly newsletter of the German civil liberties organisation includes a survey of the world cup and the infringement of civil rights it brought about: excessive data collection, systematic surveillance, preventative arrests, repressive police tactics and the planned increase of law enforcement powers are highlighted.
> July 2006
> Download newsletterHome page
> Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
> publications/research 12 August 2006
> Hinterland
> The Bavarian Refugee Council newsletter has changed its name and strategy: the editorial of the first issue of the relaunched journal promises to "cover various themes - in an anti-cyclical manner - that are currently put on the back shelf in Germany for all the self-pitying naval gazing exercises and loud immigration and security talk. Flight and migration are definitely "out" at the moment. This critical three-monthly journal intends to counterbalance this tendency." The first two issues have certainly lived up to the expectations and its promise to go beyond "single-issue" politics. Personal stories of refugees, their deportation and their struggles against racism and social and economic destitution in Germany are accompanied by well-researched and informative articles on an array of themes related to flight and migration: a summary on Mike Davis' book on slums in today's global mega cities (Verso, 2006) reports about increasing urbanisation, impoverishment and polarisation of wealth. Other articles report on the situation in northern Senegal, country of origin of many African refugees who reached mass media attention in Europe (and quickly lost it again) when trying to reach the Canary islands, as well as police violence in Mexico and sexual torture in its prisons (issue 1/2006). The launch issue focuses on the family Avdija from Kosovo, who under the Dublin II regulation was deported to Slovenia on 1 July. All six family members are interviewed, their case history is presented and the bureaucratic insanity of the German deportation state and foul methods used by its authorities (lying about the deportation date, refusing to communicate with the family about the course of events, using violence during deportation) are uncovered (issue 0/2006).
> January-March 2006
> Bavarian Refugee Council Home pageHinterland Journal Home page
> Bavarian Refugee Council
> 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
> Hungary: A new Act on classified information?
> The Hungarian Government submitted the draft of a new Act on classified information (ACI) to parliament in early December 2005. Parliament discussed it in an expedited procedure and completed its first reading within two weeks. Debate continued throughout January. The only obstacle that arose came about because the government had not attached the Penal Code’s amendments regarding the criminal sanctions of illegally disclosing classified information.1 Although the press, and the smaller coalition party, raised this issue the adoption of the ACI appeared to be straightforward. This was the situation when three NGOs (the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Protect the Future and the Press Freedom Centre) intervened to demand that the Government revoke the draft and prepare a completely new document.
> August 2006
> HCLU reportHCLU website
> Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
> 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
> 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
> meetings/conferences 03 October 2006
> Public hearings before the Irish parliamentary Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights will commence tomorrow, Tuesday, 26th September on the above report. As well as the bombing of Dundalk, that of Castleblayney, Dublin Airport, the railway line at Baronrath Bridge, Co. Kildare, the Miami Showband murders, the gun and bomb attack at Donnelly’s Bar, Silverbridge and several other atrocities in which collusion is suspected, will be included.
> Dublin, Ireland 26 September 2006
> Testimonies onlineJustice for the forgotten website
> Justice for the forgotten
> campaigns/open letters 03 October 2006
> Amnesty International UK appeal: Risk of torture if returned to Algeria
> On 24 August the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) dismissed the appeal of an Algerian man against his deportation on national security grounds. If returned, he is likely to be taken into the custody of Algeria’s “Military Security”, an intelligence agency officially known as the Department for Information and Security (DRS). It specializes in interrogating people thought to possess information about terrorist activities, and is widely known to practice torture and other ill-treatment. The risk of torture faced by individuals who are arrested by the DRS has been extensively documented by AI. Please write, calling on the UK authorities not to return “Y” to Algeria. Urge them to rescind the deportation order against him and release him immediately, unless he is charged with a recognizably criminal offence and given a prompt and fair trial.
> Appeal
> Amnesty International - Worldwide Appeal
> 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 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
> Oorlog & Vrede [War & peace]: International anti-war conference
> The conference will discuss the Dutch role in the "war on terror" in the light of upcoming elections (22 November 2006) and the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine
> Amsterdam 29 October 2006
> Details
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> meetings/conferences 24 May 2007
> Guantanamo Bay – Close it down now
> Speakers: Moazzam Begg, captured in Pakistan and imprisoned by the US government on Guantanamo for over three years, author Enemy Combatant, an account of his experiences at Guantanamo Sadat Sayeed, barrister, Garden Court Chambers, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, New York
> South Bank University London 24 May 2007
> FlyerHaldane Society
> Haldane Society Human Rights Lecture Series
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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 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
> 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!
> 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)
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> publications/research 20 December 2010
> The robot armies at our borders
> The EU is entering a new, and disturbing, phase in its efforts to police its borders. In a hi-tech upgrade to ‘Fortress Europe', the EU is developing drone planes, satellite surveillance systems, unmanned ground and marine vehicles, even combat robots, to be deployed to ‘defend' Europe from migrants.
> 02 December 2010
> Article in European VoiceNeoConOpticon
> Ben Hayes
> publications/research 20 January 2011
> Nl: Ombudsman starts investigation on 'stop and search'
> The Dutch national ombudsman has announced to start an investigation on the 'preventative stop and search' operations by the police. The inquiry is done in collaboration with the local ombudsman of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. They want to know if you your - good or bad - experience.
> Till 1 March 2011
> More info on website ombudsman
> campaigns/open letters 20 January 2011
> Belgian 'civic journalist' condemned to 6 month prison
> On January 5 30 year old Anja Hermans was sentenced to 6 month in prison for investigating the security of nuclear power station Doel. She had entered the premises of the power station during her investigative work.
> More information (Dutch)
> meetings/conferences 25 January 2011
> The 7th North/South Irish Criminology Conference
> The 7th North/South Irish Criminology Conference is being held in the School of Humanities, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Republic of Ireland between the 21st and the 23rd of June 2011 Call for Papers: 7th Irish North South Criminology Conference, IT Sligo
> June 21, 22, 23 2011
> Website
> 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
> Is police posting fake messages on internet?
> According to research revealed by weekly activist internetmagazine Schnews and Indymedia-UK, Police has been posting secretly incriminating content on indymedia Amongst the postings one infamous that was used as reason to confiscate the server-computer of a local indymedia (bristol) branch.
> Jan. 2011
> SchnewsIndymediia-UK
> publications/research 26 February 2011
> The droning of the drones
> See the attached german PDF for a presentation Volker Eick gave January 29th 2011. Conference: entsichern. Die Europäische Union: Analysieren, kritisieren, demontieren. Workshop: Next time we attack you from the air
> Jan 2011
> websitepdf
> Volker Eick
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> British man prevented from flying home from Canada because his name was on America’s no-fly list
> The Economist reports that that a British man was prevented from flying home from Canada because his name was on America’s no-fly list. Dawood Hepplewhite was not allowed to board his Air Transat flight from Toronto on February 13th when it was discovered that he was among the 8,000 to 10,000 people prohibited by the US from flying over its airspace. Even though Canadian airlines are not under any legal obligation to give passenger information to the US, Mr Hepplewhite was subsequently denied flights on Air Canada and British Airways.
> 19 March 2011
> More on legaliftArticle in the Economist
> publications/research 22 March 2011
> Two fundamental privacy problems with the SWIFT agreement and Europol’s role in it
> Two fundamental privacy problems with the SWIFT agreement and Europol’s role in it; Commission sees no problems EUROPOL’s Joint Supervisory Body recently performed its first inspection at Europol regarding the TFTP Agreement, which entered into force in August 2010. The TFTP Agreement gave the JSB a new task – to monitor whether the Europol respects the provisions of personal data protection principles in the TFTP Agreement when deciding on the admissibility of the US’ requests to SWIFT.
> 17 March 2011
> More on legalift
> 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)
> campaigns/open letters 22 March 2011
> The 11th BigBrotherAwards ceremony 2011
> The "Oscars for data leeches" will be awarded on Friday, 1 April 2011 at 6 p.m. (18:00 CEST = UTC+2) at the Hechelei, Ravensberger Spinnerei (travel information [German]) in Bielefeld, Germany. If you want to attend the awards ceremony, you can buy tickets at our online shop (page in German). A live video stream of the ceremony will be provided on this website.
> Werbsite
> campaigns/open letters 30 March 2011
> Meeting on 'youth insurgency' in Berlin
> Functionaries from different French and German cities that have to do with 'unruly behavior' from it's inhabitants- mainly youth with a migrant background - are having a meeting in Berlin from April 1-3
> Article on IndymediaMore informationWebsite IMSS
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> French Manual for handling of migrants to be extradited, leaked
> French leaks has published an instruction manual for French policeman about how to handle persons that are to be extradited. It contains shocking details on how to force people to comply and stop resistance.
> March 2011
> More information and link
> publications/research 30 March 2011
> (Israel) Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations
> IDF officers say special department has been created to monitor left-wing groups that the army sees as aiming to delegitimize Israel; department will work closely with government ministries.
> 21 march 2011
> Article in Haaretz
> meetings/conferences 30 March 2011
> Standing up to Surveillance
> A Conference hosted by the Network for Police Monitoring. The gathering of ‘intelligence’ by police on political protesters and minority communities is now a commonplace activity.  Some initiatives hit the press – the use of undercover police officers to infiltrate pacifist and environmental campaigns, for example, or installing ’covert’ cameras with counter terrorism money to watch the movements of Birmingham’s Muslim population. (...) What is driving this rapid and seemingly unstoppable descent into a surveillance state?  Why are so many of us potential targets for state scrutiny?  Is an increasing demand for intelligence driven by a fear of ‘extremism’?  Or by the availability of technology and the millions that can be made from it?  And what can be done to stop it? 
> April 17 2011
> WebsiteRegistration
> campaigns/open letters 11 April 2011
> French government wants internet passwords of its citizens
> The French government has decided that from march 1 on internet providers to be legally compulsory to provide data on its clients, including their passwords. The 'Association des Services Internet Communautaires' (ASIC) who represent internet users http://www.lasic.fr/ filed a complaint against this plan at the Conseil d’Etat., the highest court in the country
> More on website lasic.fr
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> (Nl) digiMe
> Journalist Mariette Hummel is looking for funders/donors to write a book about the digital traces people leave behind on internet, revealing details about their private lives.
> April 2011
> (Dutch) description
> Mariette Hummel
> publications/research 19 April 2011
> New detention phone system to keep detainees under control
> A new phone system run by a private company will replace personal mobile phones in immigration detention centres, Corporate Watch can reveal. The trial at Tinsley House detention centre, near Gatwick airport, is run by Global Comms & Consulting Ltd (GCC), which specialises in secure telecommunications services to major government agencies and multinational companies. As a result, detainees will not be able to call free numbers and will pay significantly higher rates to call their family and solicitors. All calls will also be recorded, monitored and disrupted when necessary by the immigration authorities and/or the immigration prison’s management.
> April 2011
> Corporate Watch Article
> Corpwatch
> 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
> 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
> 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 19 May 2011
> Austria: Animal Rights Activists acquitted
> Three years after Police in Vienna invaded 23 houses and issued arrest orders against 10 persons on suspicion of forming a 'criminal organisation' (for organising animal rights actions) all 13 (3 were added later) accused were found not guilty.
> BlogWebsite
> campaigns/open letters 01 June 2011
> Preparatory workshops for DSEI
> DSEI, the world's largest arms fair, is taking place in London this September. Come along for a day of workshops, organised by the Stop The Arms Fair coalition, to plot a day of action on 13th September 2011. (Sunday 12th June, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ)
> Website Flyer (pdf)
> Stop the Arms Fair coalition
> campaigns/open letters 19 June 2011
> Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans
> Redrawn counter-terrorism programme will call on doctors' help, but BMA fears threat to patient confidentiality
> Guardian, 6 June 2011
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> All-seeing, all-knowing: the proposal for a National Crime Agency in the UK
> The UK government has announced plans to establish a National Crime Agency, intended to a provide a "multi-agency national response" to a number of issues - organised crime, border security, economic crime, and the exploitation of children. Widely reported in the press as an "FBI-style" agency, the NCA is deemed necessary for a number of reasons. The primary motivation seem to be that "cutting crime is the sole objective that the government has set for the police", but the current response to organised crime is "patchy and fragmented".
> June 2011
> Statewatch news
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> EU: European Parliament: Body Scanners: MEPs back body scanners but want strict safeguards
> "MEPs on the Transport Committee agreed Tuesday that the use of body scanners in EU airports would enhance security but said it should be voluntary. They approved a report by Spanish Christian Democrat Luis de Grandes Pascual that backs the use of body scanners so long as they don't interfere with passenger privacy or pose health risks. The report should be voted in the plenary on 23 June."
> June 2011
> Press Release (pdf)Draft Report (pdf)comment/call (German)
> publications/research 19 June 2011
> Copenhagen Climate activists condemned to jail
> Two spokespersons for Climate Justice Action, active around the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009, have been sentenced to two month in jail (plus two months probation, and to pay the costs of court). Costs of court can amount to 30.000 Euro
> June 2011
> Article (Danish)Dutch/English
> campaigns/open letters 09 July 2011
> Worse than China?
> Seven domestic privacy situations that are worse than the situation in China
> Dutch article
> campaigns/open letters 30 July 2011
> Europe considers new anti-terrorism measures
> Tougher rules on the sale of chemicals which can be used to make homemade bombs are set to be introduced by the European Union in response to the terrorist attacks in Norway which killed 76 people. Meanwhile the man who has admitted carrying out the attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, is due to be questioned for a second time. The proposals were announced after an emergency meeting of the EU's terrorism working party and counter-terrorism group in Brussels. As well as the EU's law enforcement agency Europol, foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's External Action Service and the European Commission, Norwegian authorities also participated.
> More on website PSE
> Public Services Europe
> 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'
> meetings/conferences 01 September 2011
> A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 9/11: taking stock and new directions in research and policy
> A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 9/11: taking stock and new directions in research and policy. Conference organised by Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) of the British International Studies Association, at the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow City Chambers, Central Glasgow.
> 8-11 September 2011
> Program on website
> campaigns/open letters 19 September 2011
> (GE) Sign petition against data retention
> The petition is aimed at the German parliament, to decide that data retention ('vorratsdatenspeicherung') without a serious suspicion on a person, be declared illegal in many cases. A petition to demand this has already been signed by more than 50.000 persons, but the aim is at least 100.000.
> website for the petition Overview of National data retention policies
> 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
> publications/research 08 October 2011
> (USA) Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection
> An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.
> 7 October 2011
> Article with links at Cnet
> publications/research 21 October 2011
> Is the German State Hacking its Own Citizens?
> On October 8, the Berlin hacker collective known as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) announced that they had analysed a piece of spying software they believed had been written by the German government. Once installed on a computer, the software had the ability to quietly listen to conversations on Skype, log keystrokes and remotely switch on the computer’s webcam.
> 8 October 2011
> Article with links
> demonstrations 04 November 2011
> Protest the Drone Wars – London 16th November
> Drone Wars UK and the CAAT Universities Network are organisng a protest outside the two-day ‘UAV Conference 2011′ to be held in centra London on 16-17th November. At the ‘UAV Conference 2011’ participants will receive first-hand updates on drone operations in Afghanistan and Libya from senior military officers, discuss development of future drones and debate (quote!) “How can we stop the public hysteria surrounding UAV operations in the 21st Century?”
> London 16 November 2011
> Call on websiteAlso see 'Ground the Drones' (pdf)
> publications/research 04 November 2011
> ‘Time to replace RIPA’: New JUSTICE report calls for overhaul of surveillance laws
> In a major new report released today, human rights organisation JUSTICE called for a fundamental overhaul of Britain’s surveillance laws in order to protect the right of individual privacy from unnecessary, unwarranted and unchecked state intrusion. The JUSTICE report, Freedom from Suspicion , is a detailed study of the operation of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 – or ‘RIPA’ for short – over the past decade.
> November 2011
> Justice Report (pdf)Also see: Freedom from Suspicion Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age (pdf)
> 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)
> demonstrations 25 November 2011
> (GE) Video about demonstration against secret service
> On November 19 a demonstration was held in front of the office of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) in Erfurt, to protest their role in "hunting undocumented foreigners".
> 19 November 2011
> VideoMore information
> publications/research 06 December 2011
> State of Surveillance - The Data
> The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: The State of Surveillance: The Data (link): The Bureau and London-based human rights group Privacy International have compiled a comprehensive database of companies that sell surveillance products.
> 1 December 2011
> State of Surveilance: The Data
> publications/research 20 December 2011
> Hungarian Government to Create Top-rank National Security Informational Center
> The Hungarian government came up with a new proposal, which talks about the setting up of a National Security Informational and Criminal Analysis Center. This new government body could freely roam about in other government databases and could collect and retain our data without any restriction. The monster feeding on our personal data is digging privacy’s grave even deeper.
> 30 November 2011
> More details on website HCLU
> publications/research 25 January 2012
> The EDRi papers, EDITION 02
> The purpose of this booklet is to briefly outline current EU surveillance and security measures in order to give an insight into their scale and cumulative effect. In order to be legal under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, each security measure that limits fundamental rights is understood to be effective and a “necessary” and “proportionate” breach of the rights which our society considers to be fundamental.
> Jan 2012
> PDF at statewatch
> EDRi
> 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
> meetings/conferences 16 February 2012
> London Noborders Convergence
> London NoBorders, along with Goldsmiths students and other groups, are organising a week-long convergence to be held in London between 13 - 18 February 2012. The aim is to get together to share our knowledge and experiences in relation to people's freedom of movement and the restrictions on it, and to share skills, network, strategise and take action.
> London 13-18 February 2012
> Program on website
> demonstrations 18 February 2012
> Drown out the drone conference
> Monday 2nd April is the 27th annual Bristol drone conference, but this years gonna be different. Bristol Against Arms Trade have teamed up with Bristol Stop the War and Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign, with the aim of making so much noise the conference will be a flop.
> Bristol 2 April 2012
> Website
> publications/research 22 February 2012
> Everyone’s Trying to Track What You Do on the Web: Here’s How to Stop Them
> "Companies will pay to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible"
> 22 February 2012
> Website Lifehacker
> Lifehacker
> publications/research 28 February 2012
> Infographic: What Next For ACTA?
> While the European Court of Justice decides if ACTA complies with existing EU rights and regulations, the European Parliament must still decide whether or not to ratify the controversial agreement. This infographic sets out the process for the coming months.
> 28 February 2012
> Article and infographics
> meetings/conferences 06 March 2012
> (NL): Big Brother Awards 2011
> Who will win a prestigious Big Brother Award at the upcoming ceremonies in Amsterdam? Find out at the eighth edition of the Big Brother Awards The Netherlands, held on March 7th 2012 in Amsterdam.
> Amsterdam 7 March 2011
> website
> Bits of Freedom
> 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 22 March 2012
> Europol chasing the anarchist ghost
> (German) description of increasing cross-border activities of European institutions against leftist organisations
> 22 March 2012
> Article on Euro-policeOriginal article on website heisse.de
> Matthias Monroy/Europolice
> 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)
> meetings/conferences 25 March 2012
> Invitation for yearly Conference Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie
> Who defends, and endagers the 'active democratic system' is the theme for this years conference. in the setting about disclosures of fascist violence in Germany, and the role the secret service has plaid.
> Cologne 22/23 September 2012
> Invite on website (in German)
> Komitee fur Grundrechte und Demokratie
> 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 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
> publications/research 10 May 2012
> Secret meeting on EU 'Security' in Munich
> Six European ministers of Interior meet with the European Commission and representants of the US Homeland Security to discuss exchange of police information and more pressure on Greece
> 10 May 2012
> German article
> Europolice
> 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 14 June 2012
> WeWatch
> WeWatch informs you about CCTV surveillance in London and aims to help you to protect your privacy!
> website WeWatch
> datapanik.org
> meetings/conferences 22 June 2012
> 8th Symposium of Kritnet in Kassel
> Network Critical Migration and Border Regime Research (Kritnet) holds its 8th symposium during the Documenta in Kassel (July 13-15)
> Kassel (GE) 13-15 July
> Symposium 2012
> Netzwerks Kritische Migrations- und Grenzregimeforschung
> campaigns/open letters 28 June 2012
> Wave of arrests of Union activists in Turkey
> Law enforcement officials detained 65 members of the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) in sweeping raids across Turkey on Monday morning as part of the ongoing probe into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK,) sparking protests in Ankara and other cities. Officials reportedly asked the detainees why they chanted slogans against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP.)
> Article in English
> Bianet
> publications/research 01 August 2012
> Brothers in arms
> "The event is the annual "Symposium of the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)". UKTI DSO has one aim: "to help UK companies to export" and it "works with industry to build and maintain relationships with overseas customers, providing the essential government-to-government interaction." An alternative description from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) refers to the organisation as a "taxpayer-funded arms sales unit". The annual Symposium sees arms industry executives mingling with military top brass, high-level bureaucrats, and government ministers."
> July 2012
> PDF on Statewatch website
> Chris Jones/Statewatch
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Protect: Securing Advocacy
> New technologies create unprecedented opportunities for individuals and low-resourced groups working to document abuses, raise awareness and mobilise people around specific issues. At the same time, they open up new risks and vulnerabilities. Our Securing Advocacy programme works to help advocates take advantage of the opportunity while simultaneously managing and navigating the risks.
> website
> publications/research 16 August 2012
> Me & My Shadow
> If you use a computer, surf the Internet, text your friends via a mobile phone or shop online – you leave a digital shadow. You want to know how big it is? Find out with our interactive tools whenever you cast a shadow.
> 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
> publications/research 11 September 2012
> Dutch internettaps doubled in 2011
> According to figures from the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice, the amount of internettaps has doubled in 2011, compared to 2010, while the amount of phonetaps stayed more or less the same
> 03 September 2012
> report on journalists website
> Rejo Zenger
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Clean IT – Leak shows plans for large-scale, undemocratic surveillance of all communications
> A leaked document from the CleanIT project shows just how far internal discussions in that initiative have drifted away from its publicly stated aims, as well as the most fundamental legal rules that underpin European democracy and the rule of law.
> 21 September 2012
> Article on website DCRE
> Digital Civil Rights in Europe
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 24 September 2012
> A call for financial support for 'NSU-watch'
> The NSU was a violent neofascist group that killed ten persons with migrant background in Germany. Much is still unclear about them, and the roll of the secret service is opaque.
> Website
> apabiz e.V
> publications/research 24 September 2012
> Justice for Anthony Grainger
> On 3 March 2012 Anthony Grainger was shot and killed by a police officer from Greater Manchester Police. Anthony was sat behind the wheel of a parked car in Culcheth, Warrington when a squad of armed men surrounded the car, and marksmen shot Anthony in cold blood through the windscreen, killing him immediately. On Fahters Day a commemoration was held where his mother held a speech. The video is now online.
> 17 June 2012
> Video on youtube
> 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 25 October 2012
> CLEAN IT: the secret EU surveillance plan that wasn't
> There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice (including from the law enforcement community, the industries that serve it, and the European Commission), but we must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft EU policy.
> 09 October 2012
> Article on website
> Ben Hayes/Open Democracy
> 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
> 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)
> publications/research 11 November 2012
> Delete Control
> Development organisation Hivos has started a website to help partners escape censorship and persecution on internet
> November 2012
> websiteVideo
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 28 November 2012
> Conference "For Your Eyes Only"
> For Your Eyes Only: International Conference on Privacy, Empowerment and Technology in the context of Online Social Networks
> Website Surveillance Studies
> Surveilance Studies
> publications/research 28 November 2012
> Police Spies Out of Lives
> Support group for women's legal action against undercover policing
> November 2012
> Website
> Website
> 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 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 06 January 2013
> Lecture: Big Brother in Europe
> Raf Jespers, writer of the book 'Big Brother in Europe' gives a lecture in ‘Het Huis Happaert’ in Antwerp on February 21 2013
> Antwerpen 21 February 2013
> More informationMore on the book (Dutch)
> Progress Lawyers Network
> campaigns/open letters 15 January 2013
> Joke Kaviaar, activist/ publicist, under attack by Dutch state - solidarity needed
> Joke Kaviaar, writer/ poet/ anarchist/activist, had been put on trial by the Dutch state for íncitement against public order'. The charge is based on four articles she wrote and published on het website, in which she strongly criticized the oppression, detention and deportation of migrants/ refugees/ people without papers, and called for active resistance aganist these policies.
> Article on libcom.orgSupport group
> rooieravotr/libcom.org
> 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
> 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 15 January 2013
> Me and my Shadow
> This website is created by the Tactical Technology Collective (and is in stable-Beta mode) to help you see which digital shadows you cast and how to make them smaller. Learn how you, your friends and family stay safe and sound in the digital world.
> website
> Tactical Technology Collective
> campaigns/open letters 29 January 2013
> Pinar Selek Receives Life Sentence
> PINAR SELEK TRIAL Pinar Selek Receives Life Sentence An Istanbul court ordered life sentence for sociologist Pinar Selek for her involvement in the 1998 Spice Bazaar explosion, a case that has reopened three times in 14 years.
> Article on BianetMore background
> Çiçek TAHAOĞLU/Bianet
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> Can Skype eavesdrop on your calls?
> Does Skype let police and authorities spy on users' conversations? That's the question a wide group of advocacy organisations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as Reporters Without Borders, and many activists and journalists, are asking in an open letter published online.
> 28 January 2013
> Article SMH
> Sydney Morning Herald
> 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
> publications/research 29 January 2013
> Nestlé condemned for spying on activists
> Swiss multinational Nestlé was condemned to pay thousands of euros to two activists from Attac who were writing a book on the company, and were spied on by a security firm sent by Nestlé.
> 25 January 2013
> German article in WirtschaftsBlatt
> WirtschaftsBlatt
> demonstrations 07 February 2013
> Demonstration against the European Police Conference
> In February 2013 the 16th European Police Congress will be held in Berlin. According to the numbers of the responsible organiser, a publishing company for administration issues, around 1.600 participants coming from more than 50 countries attended the last congress in 2012.
> Berlin 16 February 2013
> Announcement on website More information (German)
> 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
> demonstrations 14 March 2013
> Demonstration against the role of the German secret service (Verfassungsschutz) in the DSU-scandal
> On April 17 the court case against the underground neo-nazi-group NSU will start in Munich. This group was involved in 10 murders of 'foreigners'. Failure of the secret service to stop this killing spree suggests involvement...
> Munic 13 April 2013
> More on website RAV
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> No to secret justice: The letter from 700 legal professionals
> Dear Sir, I strongly oppose the Government’s plan in the Justice and Security Bill to extend the controversial Closed Material Procedures (CMP) to ordinary civil law cases and oust the court’s jurisdiction to hear certain Norwich Pharmacal applications for disclosure.
> More on website CAMPACC
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 14 March 2013
> AEDH reaffirms that personal data protection is a fundamental right that must be strengthened
> The European Parliament’s presentation of its 16 January 2013 draft report regarding the processing and free movement of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation1) does take positive steps forward but there is still progress to be made. The upcoming adoption of the final amendments to this regulation provides an opportunity to do so.
> Press Release (pdf)
> publications/research 28 March 2013
> (Nl) Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)-camera’s
> Weblog Sargasso has mapped the 1625 ANPR-camera's on Dutch soil, and reveals what they are capable to
> 21 march 2013
> Dutch article on weblog
> Sargasso.nl
> publications/research 28 March 2013
> Shadow Lives The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror
> New book by Victoria Brittain - Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the '9/11 wars': their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a convenient scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the 'War on Terror'.
> 21 March 2013
> Announcement on website Campacc
> campacc
> 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
> demonstrations 11 April 2013
> Call to demonstration against German Secret Service (Verfassungsschutz)
> Demonstration against the role of the German Secret Service in the so called NSU-scandal, a neo-nazi gang that murdered 10 persons.
> Munic 17 March 2013
> Press release RAW
> publications/research 15 April 2013
> Era of the digital mercenaries
> This year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report is focusing on surveillance – all the monitoring and spying that is carried out in order to control dissidents and prevent the dissemination of sensitive information, activities designed to shore up governments and head off potential destabilization.
> 12 march 2013
> Announcement on website RSFReport Enemies of the Internet (pdf)
> Reporters without Borders
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 27 May 2013
> Videos on 'less lethal weapons'
> The German video-collective leftvision has put different videos on the website showing the effects of police using so called 'less lethal weapons' (ruber bullets, paintballs, sound grenades)
> Videos and (German) text on website
> leftvision
> 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 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
> 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 23 July 2013
> Dutch court forbids terror suspect deportation to US on torture doubts
> The appeal court in The Hague has called a halt to the deportation of terror suspect Sabir K to the US. The court said there is still too much uncertainty over the involvement of America in K’s torture following his arrest in Pakistan.
> 23 July 2013
> Short article on website
> DutchNews.nl
> publications/research 23 July 2013
> Big Brother is a Technology Company
> How Your personal Information is Used Online
> July 2013
> Infograph on website (click to enlarge)
> Baynote
> campaigns/open letters 23 July 2013
> Political surveillance cannot be justified – Netpol statement on Police Spying.
> Recent revelations about undercover policing have shown that a number of legal and political campaigns and organisations, including the Newham Monitoring Group, a partner organisation in Netpol, have been subject to covert surveillance operations. While the police are keen to dismiss criticism as being merely an historic issue, applying to a bygone era, Netpol sees no reason to believe that things have improved in recent years. The covert policing of dissent still lacks any effective internal accountability mechanism or means of independent/public scrutiny.
> Article on website
> Netpol
> 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
> campaigns/open letters 14 August 2013
> Big Brother Awards Netherlands
> on August 29 the annual prices will be awarded to the bigest enemies of privacy
> Announcement (Dutch)
> Bits of Freedom
> demonstrations 24 August 2013
> (Germany) Freedom not fear
> The yearly demonstration for civil rights and against the 'Uberwachungsstaat' starts at 13.00 hours at Alexanderplatz in Berlin
> Berlin 24 August 2013
> WebsiteTrailer
> Freiheit statt Angst
> 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 19 October 2013
> New campaign on climate change and international security: Cashing in on catastrophe
> Does climate change cause you to worry? Do you read news about increased carbon emissions - and the paltry inadequate political responses - and despair? Do you wonder what will happen as the impacts of climate change hit home? - Ben Hayes and Nick Boxton
> Introduction to campaign
> Campacc.org