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Statewatch News Online, 10 May 2005 (18/05)
  

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1. JOURNALISM, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Special report by the International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch

2. EU: Role of new Internal Security Committee being decided by the Council – in secret
3. EU: European Commission: “The Hague Programme: Ten priorities for the next five years”:
4. EU-Biometrics: Two reports
5. CoE: Human Rights report
6. Data retention: ALDE press release

1. JOURNALISM, CIVIL LIBERTIES AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Special report by the International Federation of Journalists and Statewatch

Full-report/request printed copy: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/03ifj-statewatch.htm

This 64 page report 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.

“An atmosphere of fear and uncertainty is being created and civil liberties are being torn to shreds, even in states with a reputation for tolerance and pluralism,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “This report is an alarm call to democracies,” said Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director. “In the name of the “politics of fear” we are in great danger of sleepwalking into a surveillance society while the democratic values we have taken for granted are being sacrificed in the ‘war on terrorism’”.

2. EU: Role of new Internal Security Committee being decided by the Council – in secret – “internal security” to include crime, public order, illegal immigration and border controls: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/01eu-internal-security.htm

3. EU: European Commission Communication: “The Hague Programme: Ten priorities for the next five years”:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-com-hague-prog.pdf

4. EU-Biometrics: Two reports, which were only summarised, in the Joint Research Centre report “Biometrics at the Frontiers” are well worth reading: The social implications of the wide-scale implementation of biometric and related technologies by Julian Ashbourn:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/jrc-biometrics-julian-ashbourn.pdf

and Biometrics: legal issues and implications by Paul de Hert:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/jrc-biometrics-paul-de-hert.pdf

See also: EU: Report on biometrics dodges the real issues – “puts economics and profit above liberties and privacy”:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/17eu-biometric-report.htm

5. The 4th Annual report from Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights. See in particular the comments on human rights, immigration and asylum in Europe:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/coe-2004-rep.pdf

6. EU: Liberal Group (ALDE) in the European Parliament on the data retention proposal: ALDE leader Graham Watson, said: “European countries must do more together to combat terrorism. However, a sense of proportion and a respect for individual privacy must infuse our approach. The choice of legal base for this decision will be crucial. The US Congress will not agree to retention of data about American citizens. Why should EU governments believe that they can get away without referring such decisions to a democratic vote in Europe’s Parliament?” Press release: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/may/eu-alde-data-retentoin.pdf

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

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