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18/8/05
Statewatch News Online, 18 August 2005 (30/05)
  

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1. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council Declaration Follow-up
2. EU: Prum Convention (Schengen III) official English translation
3. UK: Press Statement from lawyers on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes
4. Italy: Statewatch analysis: Tough new anti-terrorist laws adopted
5. Ireland-USA: Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed
6. UK-Jordan: Memorandum of understanding on undertakings prior to deportation – full-text
7. UK: Statement by Gareth Peirce, lawyer, on the 10 men arrested pending deportation
8. UK: Anti-Muslim backlash goes on by Institute of Race Relations
9. EU: 25,000 have signed-up to the: Data retention is no solution – petition

1. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council Declaration Follow-up list thirty-three measures being pursued as part of anti-terrorism (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/jha-declaration-follow-up.pdf

Among the measures listed is: “Commission to present proposals on data protection/principle of availability” which is very worrying as a measure covering data protection in the “third pillar” (policing, immigration, judicial cooperation) has been promised since 1997 – now peoples’ rights to privacy are to be considered at the same time as the so-called “principle of availability” which would make all information/intelligence held by the myriad of law enforcement agencies across the EU available to all. See also: EU policy “putsch”: Data protection handed to the DG for “law, order and security” – it is not “relevant” for citizens to know how and what information about them is exchanged: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/06eu-data-prot.htm

2. EU: Prum Convention (Schengen III) official English translation (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/Pr%FCm-Convention.pdf

Schengen III Treaty (Spanish, pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-spanish.pdf
Schengen III Treaty (French, pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-french.pdf
Schengen III Treaty (German, pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-german-full.pdf
plus in German:
Annex 1: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-german-Anl-1.pdf
Annex 2: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-german-Anl-2.pdf
Statements: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/schengenIII-german-statements.pdf

Commentary: Some remarks on Schengen III:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jul/17schengen-III.htm

3. UK: Press Statement from lawyers on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes on 22 July: Response to the evidence made public during the last 24 hours as to the true circumstances of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes Birnberg Peirce & Partners (Harriet Wistrich/Gareth Peirce), 17th August 2005:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/gp-press-release-17.8.05.pdf

“Yesterday the family of Jean Charles de Menezes and we, their lawyers, became aware through the press that virtually the entire body of information either placed, or allowed to remain, in the public domain since Jean Charles de Menezes was killed on July 22nd 2005, has been false. Insofar as the claim of the existence of an official inquiry has contributed to or provided for a situation in which a blanket of secrecy has covered the true facts, and lies and scenarios have been allowed to hold good, we on behalf of the family suggest that claim has constituted a grave public disservice.”

– Met chief tried to stop shooting inquiry (Guardian, 18.8.05):
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5265044-103690%2C00.html
– Fatal mistakes that cost de Menezes his life (Guardian, 18.8.05):
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5265058-103690%2C00.html

4. Statewatch analysis: Italy: Tough new anti-terrorist laws adopted::
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/italy-new-terror-laws.pdf

5. Ireland-USA: Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed (press statement, link):
uspolitics.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http:/www.justice.ie/80256E01003A02CF/vWeb/pcJUSQ6EAFDG%2Dga

Full-text of the MLAT (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/ireland-usa-mlat.pdf

Treaty gives CIA powers over Irish citizens (Irish Examiner, link):
www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sg46g7Ks0cvBEsg7OWirIStPSk.asp

Statewatch analysis of the EU-US MLAT:
www.statewatch.org/news/2003/apr/01Auseuag.htm

6. UK-Jordan: Memorandum of understanding on undertakings in respect of specified persons prior to deportation – full-text (pdf)
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/uk-jordan-MOU.pdf

7. UK: Second statement by Gareth Peirce, lawyer, on the 10 men arrested pending deportation (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/gareth-2nd-press-statement-11aug05.pdf

First Statement from the solicitors of foreign nationals today arrested by police say they do not know where their clients are being held
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/04solicitors-statement.htm

Ten foreign nationals who the Home Office says pose a threat to national security have been detained in the UK, pending deportation. Comments by Gareth Peirce on Tony Blair’s 12 point terrorism plan:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/gareth-anti-terror-comments-9aug05.pdf

Prime Minister’s 12 point plan:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/02pm-terror-statement.htm

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, said such deportations would breach international human rights law: ``If there is a substantial risk in a certain country like Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, etc., then diplomatic assurances cannot be used… If a country usually and systematically practices torture, then of course they would deny they were doing it because it is absolutely prohibited. So they can easily give diplomatic assurances, but they are worth nothing.’’

8. UK: Anti-Muslim backlash goes on by Institute of Race Relations. 11 August 2005. A month after the London bombings, police forces across the country are reporting rising levels of racial incidents (link): www.irr.org.uk/2005/august/ha000015.html

9. EU: As of 18 August 25,000 have signed-up to the: Data retention is no solution – petition:
www.dataretentionisnosolution.com/

The EU is discussing proposals for the mandatory retention of traffic data for phones, faxes, e-mails, mobile phones (inc location) and internet usage for all communications by everyone. Supporting organisations: IRIS, France, BIT Internet B.V., Netherlands, Bits of Freedom, Netherlands, FIfF, Germany, Electronic Frontier Finland ry, Finland, Netzwerk Neue Medien, Germany Luna.nl, Netherlands, SIUG, Switzerland, Stop1984, Germany, CPSR-ES, Spain, Privacy International, UK, Statewatch, UK, GreenNet, UK, Digital Rights, Denmark.

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