Statewatch News Online, 20 September 2010 (16/10): European Parlianment Resolution passed by 337 votes to 245 calling on France to ‘immediately suspend all expulsions of Roma’, saying that they ‘amounted to discrimination’

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1.   EU-FRANCE-ROMA:  All the documentation: French circulars, internal Commission documents etc
2.   EU: European Commission: Report on the application of the Directive on minimum standards
3.   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI): Fringe Special: Overview of all FOI laws
4.   EU-SITCEN: EU seeks ‘stress-resistant’ intelligence officer
5.   UK-EU: Home Office: Explanatory memoranda
6.   EU: European Parliament Studies: Common European Asylum Area and Readmission
7.   UK: British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952
8.   UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Follow-up of Asylum Cases and e-Borders Programme
9.   EU: Commission meeting on body scanners at airports
10. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Body Scanners: Counter Terrorism Measures in British Airports
11. EP- Commission: Draft Framework Agreement on relations
12. BELGIUM: To mark the new school year… An open letter to the Belgian justice minister De Clerck
13. The EU security-industrial complex (TNI, link). Interview with Ben Hayes
14. UK: Medical Justice: ‘State Sponsored Cruelty’ Children in immigration detention
15. European Forum for Urban Security: Citizens, Cities and Video Surveillance
16. UK: From war to law: Major report from Liberty
17. International Action Day “Freedom not Fear 2010 – Stop Surveillance Mania!”
18. Israel: Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites
19. EU: Security-Industrial Complex: NeoConOpticon blog – updates
20. EU: UNHCR criticises Europe for collective deportation of Iraqis
21. EU: Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
22. EU: Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers
23. Denmark: Court clears climate summit activists
24. EU: New Council configurations

1. EU-FRANCE-ROMA:  All the documentation: French circulars, internal Commission documents

– France/EU – Roma: Circulars about operations to evict illegal camps with full-texts of the three circulars:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/01france-roma-circulars.htm

“The President of the Republic has set some precise goals on the past 28 July, for the eviction of illegal camps; 300 illegal camps or settlements will have to be evicted within three months, among which Roma ones are a priority”… “In view of the set objectives… in their area of competence, area prefects will ensure the carrying out of at least one important operation (eviction/dismantling/removal) per week, which will primarly concern Roma people”.

– European Parlianment Resolution passed by 337 votes to 245 calling on France to ‘immediately suspend all expulsions of  Roma’, saying that they ‘amounted to discrimination’: Full-text of Resolution: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/ep-roma-france-resolution.pdf

– European Commission: Commissioner Reding speech: Statement on the latest developments on the Roma situation:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-reding-speech-roma.pdf

“Over the past weeks, the European Commission has been following very closely the developments in France regarding the Roma. I personally have been appalled by a situation which gave the impression that people are being removed from a Member State of the European Union just because they belong to a certain ethnic minority. This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.”

– European Commission: Internal documents on Roma: The situation of Roma in France and Europe: Joint Information Note from European Commission (pdf, dated 1 September 2010): www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/EC-Roma-France-report.pdf

See also:

Barroso makes veiled criticism of French anti-Gypsy campaign (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/07/barroso-french-anti-gypsy-campaign/print

Sarkozy denounces EU commissioner’s Roma remarks (BBC News, link):
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11332189

EU set to take France to court over Roma policy (euobserver, link):
euobserver.com/9/30799

CoE: Human Rights Commissioner: Do not stigmatise Roma (link):
commissioner.cws.coe.int/tiki-view_blog_post.php?postId=77

2. EU: European Commission: Report on the application of the Directive on minimum standards on procedures for granting and withdrawing refugee status (COM 465):
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-com-min-standards-refugeee-status-com-465-10.pdf

3. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI): Fringe Special: Overview of all FOI laws: 80 national FOIAs – 184 sub-national FOIAs – & 2 international FOIA compiled by Roger Vleugels: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/foia-fringe-special-overview-sep-20-2010.pdf

4. EU-SITCEN: EU seeks ‘stress-resistant’ intelligence officer (euobserver, link):
euobserver.com/9/30843

“The EU is hiring three junior experts to join its intelligence-sharing bureau, the Joint Situation Centre (SitCen), on top of a new director for the outfit, with the official job descriptions shedding some light onto the secretive body’s work. The posts – a Deployable Security Information Officer, an Open Source Intelligence Analyst and a Security Information Officer – are to be filled at the same time as the new directorship, with the deadline for applications closing last Friday.”

5. UK-EU: Home Office: Explanatory memoranda:

– EU Counter-terrorism policy: Main achievement and future challenges:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-uk-ct-em.pdf

– Information managements in the area of FSJ:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-uk-info-systems-em.pdf

– Proposed Directive on preventing and combatting trafficking human beings and protecting victims:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-uk-trafficking-em.pdf

– UK-opt-out of trafficking Directive: Letter:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-uk-trafficking-letter.pdf

– Minimum standards Directive:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/aug/em011212-10.pdf

6. EU: European Parliament Studies:

– Setting up a Common European Asylum Area:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/ep-study-eu-asylum.pdf

– Readmission Policy in the European Union:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/ep-study-eu-readmission.pdf

7.  UK: British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952 by Dominic Small:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-british-ID-cards-dissertation-dominic-small.pdf

“To allow the state and the police access to an identity card is to fundamentally change the relationship the citizen has with the state. It makes the citizen subservient to the arbitrary control of the state and grants the state total access to personal data on the individual.”

8. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Follow-up of Asylum Cases and e-Borders Programme: Government Response to the Committee’s Twelfth Report of Session 2009–10: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-hasc-asylum-e-borders-gov-response.pdf

and the initial report: UK Border Agency: Follow–up on Asylum Cases and E–Borders Programme:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-hasc-asylum-e-borders-report.pdf

9. EU: Commission meeting on body scanners at airports: 2nd Meeting of Commission Task Force on Security Scanners Tuesday 14th September 2010:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-com-task-force-on-security-scanners.pdf

and List of participants: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-com-task-force-on-security-scanners-participants.pdf

10. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Body Scanners: Counter Terrorism Measures in British Airports: Government Response to the Committee’s Ninth Report, Includes response to the Committee’s enthusiasm for the wide-spread introduction of body scanners:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-hasc-airport-security.pdf

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments: “Existing normal walk-through scanners can detect metal objects and the the EU has already agreed that by 29 April 2014, all airports must have the capability to screen liquids, aerosols and gels in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) N° 300/2008: This would seem to leave the detection of plastic and liquid explosives: Perhaps what needs investment instead of body scanners, are non-intrusive walk-through scanners that can detect metal, liquid and plastic/liquid explosives?”

See: Introduction of liquids onboard of aircrafts State of play:
www.statewatch.org/news/2009/nov/eu-liquids-ban-state-of-play-alde.pdf

11. European Parliament-European Commission: Draft Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the Commission. This agreement amends the existing agreement in the light of the Lisbon Treaty. It includes consultation procedures and access by the European Parliament to documents including classified documents: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-com-ep-inter-institutional-agreement-12717-10.pdf

12. BELGIUM: To mark the new school year… An open letter to the Belgian justice minister De Clerck:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/open-letter-to-stefaan-de-clerck.pdf

“I cannot start the new school year in my role as a teacher of Dutch in the prison of Saint-Gilles. I am writing to you, using the media as my intermediary, because you do not want to address this issue and meet with me, despite being asked to do so, on two separate occasions over the past year, by a Belgian Court.”

See also: Ministry of justice and prison service under fire for arbitrary refusal:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/mar/09belgium-vervaet.htm

13. The EU security-industrial complex (TNI, link). Interview with Ben Hayes:
www.tni.org/interview/eu-security-industrial-complex

“We need to challenge the homeland security industry – who have become rich and powerful as a result of the outsourcing of the War on Terror and which
one day could rival the military industrial complex. They have an interest in the endless expansion of the security-industrial complex, which has very serious
implications for way the society is policed, and worrying implications for protest movements.”

14. UK: Medical Justice: seeking basic rights for detainees: ‘State Sponsored Cruelty’ Children in immigration detention:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-medical-justice-state-sponsored-cruelty-report.pdf

“Medical Justice has performed an essential role in exposing the way in which human rights in the United Kingdom have been trampled underfoot over the last decade. Their findings are shocking, and their recommendations compelling.”

15. European Forum for Urban Security: Citizens, Cities and Video Surveillance: Towards a democratic and responsible use of CCTV:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/cctv-publication.pdf

16. UK: From war to law: Major report on Liberty’s response to the Coalition Government’s Review of counter-terrorism and security powers 2010:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/uk-from-war-to-law-liberty.pdf

“some grave mistakes have been made and the world’s oldest unbroken democracy will be judged by its ability to reflect and correct itself. This is perhaps a once in a generation opportunity to move from ‘war to law’. We must ensure that the moment is not wasted.” Shami Chakrabarti Director, Liberty

17. International Action Day “Freedom not Fear 2010 – Stop Surveillance Mania!” on 11 September 2010:
www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/content/view/372/55/

18. Israel: Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites in the world (Le Monde Diplomatique, link):
mondediplo.com/2010/09/04israelbase

by Nicky Hager, a journalist in New Zealand who uncovered the Echelon intelligence network. According to Hager: “The base, hidden until now, has rows of satellite dishes      that covertly intercept phone calls, emails and other communications from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia… Images of the base show 30 listening antennas, making Urim one of the largest signals intelligence bases in the world. The only comparable-sized station is a US facility at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, UK.”

19. EU: Security-Industrial Complex: NeoConOpticon blog – updates include “total airport security” and Security Research conferences in Berlin and Ostende (link):
neoconopticon.wordpress.com/

20. EU: UNHCR criticises Europe for collective deportation of Iraqis (Reuters, link):
alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE6820V7.htm

Following the collective expulsion by charter-flight last week of up to 61 Iraqis who had been living in Britain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the UNHCR has “strongly urge[d] European governments to provide Iraqis with protection until the situation in their areas of origin in Iraq allows for safe and voluntary returns”.

21. EU: Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, report by Middle East Institute:
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-unbalanced-reciprocities-middle-east-institute.pdf

“Over the last fifteen years or so, the number of bilateral readmission treaties concluded by the EU Member States with third countries has skyrocketed. This is quite      extraordinary given the unbalanced reciprocities characterizing such treaties”, argue the authors. “They also highlight the gaps that may exist between reciprocal commitments and effective actions as well as between the drive for operability and the respect for human rights”.

22. EU: Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers (partial access, EU doc. 10504/2/09, July 2009):
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/st10504-re02.en09.pdf

The EU has produced an overview of where the member states are sending their liaison officers but has chosen to withhold the actual numbers from the public. Statewatch has obtained the full (uncensored) text of this document which shows that 580 liaison officers from police forces, customs and interior ministries of the EU member states, plus Norway and Switzerland, are currently busy around the world. At the top of the sending EU countries is France with 122 liaison officers, followed by Germany (88), Spain (61), Italy (51), and the UK (39). The most European liaison officers are stationed in Russia (25), Germany (22), Turkey (21), Spain (18), France (17) and the USA (16).

See overview of distribution of EU liaison officers: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/EU-MS-Liaison-Officers-2009-Table.pdf

and detailed spreadsheet (xls) produced by Statewatch: www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/EU-MS%20Liaison%20Officers%202009.xls

23. Denmark: Court clears climate summit activists (Politiken.dk, link):
politiken.dk/newsinenglish/1048461/court-clears-cop15-activists/

Danish prosecutors have suffered a serious defeat in the wake of the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen last December after a court has cleared an Australian and an American activist of planning violent demonstrations during the summit.

See also: ClimateCollective.org (link): www.climatecollective.org/post/107

24. EU: New Council configurations: List of Council configurations: incorporation of space policy and sport. One of the re-organised Council of Ministers is one on Competitiveness (internal market, industry, research and space) which includes tourism: 
www.statewatch.org/news/2010/sep/eu-council-new-configurations.pdf

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