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3/6/05
Statewatch News Online, 3 June 2005
  

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1. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 2 June
2. EU/Libya: Full steam ahead, without pausing to think
3. EU-AFRICA-UKRAINE: External holding camps
4. ID cards: implications for Black, Minority Ethnic, migrant and refugee communities
5. European Parliament rejects mandatory data protection proposal
6. UK: Report on the Operation in 2004 of the Terrorism Act 2000
7. UK: Identity Card Bill published
8. AI report on: Counter-terrorism and EU criminal law

1. EU: JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS COUNCIL (JHA), 2-3 June, in Luxembourg:

a. Press release (French):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/jha-2-3-june-prel.pdf

b. “B” Points agenda:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/jha-2-3-june-B-pts.pdf

c. “A” Points agenda (adopted without discussion):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/jha-2-3-june-A-pts.pdf

d. Background Note (French, pdf) and see documents being considered:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/jha-2-3-june-back-note.pdf

i. Draft Framework Decision on mandatory data retention (8864/1/05):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/8864-rev1-05.pdf

ii. Council Legal Service Opinion on data retention proposal (French):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/Council-legal-opinion-data-retention.pdf

iii. Statewatch report: Data Retention proposal partly illegal, say Council and Commission lawyers:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/02eu-data-retention.htm

iv. Evaluation of European Arrest Warrant implementation (8842/1/05):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/8842-re1-05.pdf

v. Updated Terrorism Action Plan (version dated 31 May):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/eu-terr-action-plan-31-may05.pdf

vi. Draft Framework Decision on racism and xenophobia (8994/1/05):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-draft-racism-measure-2.pdf

vii. Council and Commission Hague Programme (9246/2/05 – French introduction, English text, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/hague-council-com-05.pdf

2.EU/Libya: Full steam ahead, without pausing to think examines the draft Conclusions
discussed by the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 2 June 2005:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/jun/01eu-libya.htm

3. EU-AFRICA-UKRAINE: In an interview with eupolitix.com, justice and home affairs Commissioner Frattini has announced that the Commission will launch two regional protection programmes for refugees (RPPs) in July: “The Great Lakes region is probably the biggest origin area of illegal immigrants and the eastern dimension of Europe for example, Ukraine or Georgia or Belarus. We will try to start with two pilot programmes, the first one for Africa and the second one probably for Ukraine”, he said. The RRPs will focus on “relief, rehabilitation and regional development in a bid to build capacity in countries which can host large numbers of Europe bound refugees” and are described as an “alternative” to the controversial UK plans to build camps outside Europe to hold refugees bound for Europe. To many observers, however, the Commission’s plans look very similar indeed. See:

Interview on eupolitix.com (link):
www.eupolitix.com/EN/News/200505/0aac6cfc-a45c-4821-a74a-30a58738fd1f

Statewatch analysis: Dismantling refugee protection in Europe (July 2004):
www.statewatch.org/news/2004/jul/refugees-external-processing.pdf

4. ID cards: implications for Black, Minority Ethnic, migrant and refugee communities (IRR News Service, link):
www.irr.org.uk/2005/may/ak000010.html

5. EU: The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament has rejected a proposal on the mandatory retention
of data on all telecommunications for the purposes of law enforcement (full-text of adopted report):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/ep-data-ret-alvaro-report.pdf

6. UK: Report on the Operation in 2004 of the Terrorism Act 2000 by Lord Carlile:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/terrorism-act-2004-rep.pdf

7. UK: IDENTITY CARD BILL published 25 May 2005 (full-text, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill.pdf

Explanatory Notes:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill-expl.pdf

a. Government briefing to Labour MPs:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill-gov-briefing.pdf

b. Home Office Regulatory Impact report:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/uk-ID-CARD-Bill-reg-impact.pdf

c. UKPS Biometrics Enrolment Trial Full Report. Includes the finding that the fingerprint success rate ie: a usable record)
was as follows: Asian 70.90%, Black 54.70%, Chinese/East Asian 65.91%, Other 74.91% and White 70.86%. (link, 3.7MB):
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs4/UKPS_Biometrics_Enrolment_Trial_Report.pdf

d. Privacy International analysis (link):
www.privacyinternational.org/article.shtml?cmd[347]=x-347-224715

8. Amnesty International report: Human rights dissolving at the borders? Counter-terrorism and EU criminal law (link):
web.amnesty.org/library/pdf/IOR610132005ENGLISH/$File/IOR6101305.pdf

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