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13/3/06
Statewatch News Online, 13 March 2006 (05/06)
 

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1. EU: Police Chief Task Force (PCTF) and Police Chiefs Committee
2. EU: Our “freedom”, their labour: a “tradesman’s entrance” for Fortress Europe
3. UK: IRR News Service: Update: Racial violence round-up
4. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor on Eurodac
5. EU: Select Committee report on the European Ombudsman
6. UK-EU: Joint Committee on Human Rights: Implementation of Strasbourg Judgments
7. EU-USA: The agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance
8. Spain/Euskadi: Three years on from the closure of Egunkaria newspaper
9. Greece: Immigration news digest (15 February – 2 March 2006)
10. UK: Conference – Crime, Justice and Surveillance, Sheffield
11. ECLN Updated: European Civil Liberties Network

1. EU: Statewatch analysis by Tony Bunyan: The EU’s Police Chief Task Force (PCTF) and Police Chiefs Committee (pdf):

See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/pctf.pdf

– a tale of self-regulation and self-definition by a body with no legal or constitutional basis

– Police Chiefs Committee created, but what is its legal basis?

2. EU: Viewpoint: Our “freedom”, their labour: a “tradesman’s entrance for Fortress Europe by Ben Hayes (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/bh-viewpoint-legal-migration.pdf

Commission proposal on legal migration COM 669 (pdf)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/com-policy-plan-legal-mig-669.pdf

3. UK: IRR News Service: Update: Racial violence round-up (9 March 2006) Incidents of racial violence and harassment that have taken place in the first few months of 2006 and note the results of court proceedings against perpetrators of attacks that took place after 7 July 2005 (link):
www.irr.org.uk/2006/march/ak000017.html

4. EU: European Data Protection Supervisor press release on Eurodac (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/edps-2006-eurodac.pdf

The press release states that: “Because of the sensitivity of some information in the report, it is not publicly available”

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments: “This sets a very bad precedent. If this principle is extended to the Visa Information System, SIS II and in time the EU PNR and fingerprint databases all we will get is a one page press release. The very minimum should be a “partially accessible” report with any “sensitive information” deleted.”

5. EU: Report from the Select Committee on the European Union of the House of Lords: The European Ombudsman:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/hol-rep-eu-ombuds.pdf

6. UK-EU: Joint Committee on Human Rights report: Implementation of Strasbourg Judgments (pdf)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/jt-hr-cte-strasbourg.pdf

7. EU-USA: The agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance agreed in June 2003 still have some way to go before they come into effect. Twenty-two Member States are in the process of amending their constitutions to give effect to the agreements – a few of these have completed this process: EU doc no: 5848/06 (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/eu-usa-agreements-5848.pdf

For full background and texts of the agreements see: Statewatch’s analysis
www.statewatch.org/news/2003/jun/01useu.htm

8. Spain/Euskadi: Three years on from the closure of Egunkaria newspaper
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/01spain-euskadi-paper-closure.htm

9. Greece: Immigration news digest (15 February – 2 March 2006)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/02greece-imm-news-2.htm

10. UK: Conference – Crime, Justice and Surveillance, Sheffield, 5-6 April 2006 (flyer, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/CJS-Flier.pdf

Two interesting articles from the current issue of Surveillance and Society: Studying Surveillance in Greece: Methodological and Other Problems Related to an Authoritarian Surveillance Culture by Minas Samatas:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/samatas-greece-s-and-soc.pdf

and The ECHELON Trail: An Illegal Vision by Steve Wright:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/mar/wright-echelon-s-and-sur.pdf

11. ECLN Updated: European Civil Liberties Network:
www.ecln.org

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