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14/4/05
Statewatch News Online, 14 April 2005 (14/05)
  

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1. Statewatch announces an International project to stop “Policy Laundering”
2. EU: Twenty NGOs write to JHA Council about Libya measures
3. Spain: Highest ever number of dinghy deaths in 2004
4. EU: Access to documents – first win in court
5. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 14-15 April, Luxembourg
6. Statewatch’s ABSO Watch: Updated

1. STATEWATCH ANNOUNCES AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT TO STOP “POLICY LAUNDERING”

– EU liberties being undermined by the influence of secretive International fora. Statewatch, which monitors civil liberties in the EU, with its partners – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the human rights group Privacy International: Press release: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/policy-laundering-prel.pdf

“In more and more areas we are seeing security and law enforcement agencies pushing measures through international fora which undermine and endanger civil liberties and privacy which are then introduced through the national political process,” said Tony Bunyan Director of Statewatch. “This is the strategy we call policy laundering. The security and law enforcement agencies have “gone global”and so must the protection of civil liberties.”

2. EU: Twenty NGOs have written to the Justice and Home Council (meeting on 14 April) calling on the EU to defer cooperation with Libya until it has signed up to international conventions guaranteeing human rights and calls on the European Commission to make public the conclusions of its reports from diplomatic missions to Libya. EU about to negotiate with Libya on immigration matters:
Press release: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/eu-libya-immigration.pdf
Press release in French (link): pajol.eu.org/article805.html

3. Spain: Highest ever number of dinghy deaths in 2004 – report by the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/05spain-migrant-deaths-report.htm

4. EU: Access to documents: European Court of Justice (ECJ): For the first time since the Regulation on access to EU documents came into force in December 2001 an applicant has won a case in the ECJ against the Commission. The Court found that the Commission failed to examine and give reasons for each of the documents refused and failed to assess whether partial access could be given. This decision will help other applicants for documents as it is the Commission’s habit to simply refuse documents requested by citing a general exception to access without giving reasons of how this applies to each document:
ECJ Press release: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/ecj-access-decision.pdf

5. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 14-15 April, Luxembourg:
Main agenda, “B Points”: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/eu-jha-B-pt-agenda-14April.pdf
Background Note (French, pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2005/apr/jha-14april-background.pdf

6. Statewatch’s ASBO Watch has been updated (13.4.05):
www.statewatch.org/asbo/ASBOwatch.html

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