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27/7/06
Statewatch News Online, 27 July 2006 (18/06)
 

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1. EU proposals would allow the fingerprinting of children at birth as soon as it is technologically possible
2. ACLU appeals Case of German Man (Khaled El-Masri) Kidnapped by CIA
3. Malta: Disobedient migrants put in “confinement”
4. EU: Joint Supervisory Authority of Europol: Opinion on Europol access to VIS
5. UK: Home Office: “Fair, effective, transparent and trusted: Rebuilding confidence in our immigration system”
6. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 24 July 2006
7. EU: Behind Closed Doors: the meeting of the G6 Interior Ministers at Heiligendamm
8. The Boundaries of Belonging: reflections on Migration Policies into the 21st Century
9. Northern Ireland: The Pat Finucane Centre have compiled a: MI5 internet bibliography
10. EU-SIS II: Meijers Committee, Utrecht on Schengen Information System (SIS II) & Dublin II
11. UK: Report from the Joint Human Rights Committee on the Armed Forces Bill
12. EU: Report adopted in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties on the EU-USA PNR
13. Barcelona: Seminar: A New Open Europe: Public access to documents and data protection (EIPA)
14. UK: First groups to be proscribed for “glorification of terrorism”
15. EU: Eleven Communications from European Commission on the creation of “Rapid Border Intervention Teams” and immigration

1. EU proposals would allow the fingerprinting of children at birth as soon as it is technologically possible
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/08fingerprinting-children.htm

“scanning of fingerprints: up to 12 years of age.. if provided for by national legislation… from 12 years of age: Compulsory” (EU doc no: 9403/1/06)

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

“All the discussions by EU governments in the Council about the age at which children should be subject to compulsory fingerprinting are based on the technological possibilities – not on the moral and political questions of whether it is right or desirable.

There will be special cases for the taking of fingerprints where a child is “at risk” in order to ensure their safety. But this does not in any way justify submitting all young children to this intrusive process.

The decisions are being made in secret meetings based on secret documents – people and parliaments are to have no say in the decision.

Under this proposal EU states will be free to fingerprint children from day one of their life as soon as it is technologically possible”

2. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Appeals Case of German Man (Khaled El-Masri) Kidnapped by CIA:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/aclu-khaled-el-masri-appeal.htm

3. Malta: Disobedient migrants put in “confinement” (Sunday Times, link):
www.timesofmalta.com/core/print_article.php?id=231598

UNHCR appalled at 11 migrants being held for 3-5 days in a room three metres by two-and-a-half metres with no window, no light source and no toilet. The 11 men had allegedly tried to escape and were from a group of 51 migrants who had been stranded at sea on a Spanish trawler because Malta refused them permission to land.

4. EU: Joint Supervisory Authority of Europol: Opinion on Europol access to VIS (Visa Information System). It recommends a number of changes to meet data protection standards: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/jsb-europol-vis-access-opinion.pdf

5. UK: The Home Office has published: “Fair, effective, transparent and trusted: Rebuilding confidence in our immigration system” (pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/uk-ind-review-25-07-06.pdf

While promising a “crackdown” on “illegal” immigrants backs “boosting Britain’s economy by bringing the right skills here from around the world”. It promises compulsory biometric identity cards “starting with foreign nationals staying here from 2008". Plus the re-introduction of “exit controls” (ie: passports checks when leaving the country) – abolished 10 years ago – by 2014 (eight years time).

It reiterates the intention of changing the law to “make deportation the presumption for foreign national prisoners” See: Shetland: Young Shetland man of Thai origin wins appeal against deportation under Home Office crackdown: Shetland News (link):
www.shetland-news.co.uk/pages/news%20stories/07_2006/judges_say_sakchai_can_stay.htm

Further to remove the need for a prisoner to “consent” to their removal back to their country of origin to serve the sentence and to challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (by joining the Netherlands case: Ramzy) its ruling that a person (against whom there is insufficient evidence to bring to court in the UK) cannot be sent back to a country where they risk being subject to torture or inhuman treatment.

6. EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council, 24 July 2006: Press release:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/jha-counc-24-jul-prel.pdf

Background Note:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/jha-back-note-jul-06.pdf

Main agenda:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/jha-agenda-jul-06.pdf

“A” Points agenda (adopted without discussion):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/jha-A-pts-jul-06.pdf

7. EU: Behind Closed Doors: the meeting of the G6 Interior Ministers at Heiligendamm:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/hol-behind-closed-doors.pdf

House of Lords European Union Committee report. In March 2006 Statewatch obtained and put online the Conclusions of this G6 meeting – this prompted the Committee to carry out an inquiry: Tony Bunyan,Statewatch editor, told the Committee that:

“there is no formal requirement to publish an agenda or minutes, there is no system of access to documents, there is no process of public consultation or impact assessment, and the existence or activity of any working groups…is unclear [and] it is utterly lacking in the rudiments of accountability as understood at national or EU level.”

see: ‘Secret’ Euro meetings under fire (BBC link): news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/5191746.stm

8. The Boundaries of Belonging: reflections on Migration Policies into the 21st Century (pdf) by Alison Crosby, Inter Pares, Canada:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/boundaries-of-belonging.pdf

“This paper examines the politics of categorization that defines people who move, as well as the migration containment policies that set and maintain the boundaries of these categories. The paper explains why “the problem” is not migration per se, but rather the way the powerful seek to control and contain the movement of people. Migration policies are a form of population control; the issue is who is controlled, and how. and because of the who, and the how, migration policy is a justice issue. indeed, it is one of the most pressing justice issues of our time, and requires the consolidated and coordinated attention of all of us concerned with issues of human rights and social justice. it cannot be ignored.”

9. Northern Ireland: The Pat Finucane Centre have compiled a: MI5 internet bibliography (link):
www.patfinucanecentre.org/MI5_Biblio.html

“In August 2007 the British Security Service, MI5,will assume lead responsiblity for ‘national securityintelligence work’ in the North. MI5 has a long history of involvement here and an equally long history of involvement in illegal activities. MI5 for instance was aware inadvance that Pat Finucane was to be murdered but did not intervene, it allowed the 1998 Omagh bombing to proceed, it destroyed covert recordings in the shoot-to-kill cases, ran agents involved in multiple murders and sought to undermine opposition groups in Britain itself.”

10. EU-SIS II: Standing Committee of experts in international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Meijers Committee, Utrecht) on the development of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/st-com-comments-sis-II.pdf

EU-Dublin II: Standing Committee of experts in international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Meijers Committee, Utrecht) on: Comments on Council Regulation (EC) No. 343/2003 (the Dublin II Regulation)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/st-com-comments-dublin-II.pdf

11. UK: Report from the Joint Human Rights Committee on the Armed Forces Bill – particularly concerning court martials:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/uk-jt-hr-cttee-armed-forces.pdf

12. EU: Report adopted in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties on the EU-USA PNR (Passenger name record) agreement:
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/ep-libe-eu-us-pnr-report.pdf

13. Barcelona: International Seminar: A New Open Europe: Public access to documents and data protection Barcelona (ES), 14-15 September 2006 – European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/open-europe.pdf

14. UK: First groups to be proscribed for “glorification of terrorism”; two new “foreign terrorist organisations” and two PKK “aliases” will also be banned (Statewatch “terrorist lists” observatory): www.statewatch.org/terrorlists/terrorlists.html

The Home Secretary has drafted two “Orders in Parliament” extending its proscription regime. The first Order will ban UK-based organisations “Al-Ghurabaa” and the “Saved Sect”, said to be “offshoots of Al-Muhajiroun”, for “glorifying terrorism”. “Teyrebazen Azadiya Kurdistan” (TAK, or the “Kurdistan Liberation Hawks”) and the “Baluchistan Liberation Army” (BLA), based in western Pakistan, will also be proscribed under the Order as “foreign terrorist organisations”. The second Order adds “Kongra Gele Kurdistan” and “Kadek” to the UK “terrorist list” on the grounds that they are “alternative names for the PKK” (both have already been proscribed by the EU). This is the first time the new proscription provisions in the Terrorism Act 2006 (pdf) have been used by the UK government.

15. EU: Series of Communications from the European Commission on the creation of “Rapid Border Intervention Teams”:

– Proposal for a Regulation establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism (COM 401): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-border-intervention-teams-401.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: Accompanying the Proposal for a Regulation establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism (SEC 953):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-border-intervention-teams-sec-953.pdf

– Document de Travail des Services de la Commission: Accompagnant la Proposition de Reglement établissant un mécanisme pour la création d’équipes de réaction rapide aux frontières et modifiant le règlement (CE) n° 2007/2004 du Conseil en ce qui concerne ce mécanisme – Analyse d’Impact (SEC 954, French)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-border-intervention-teams-sec-954.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: Annex to the Proposal for a Regulation establishing a mechanism for the creation of Rapid Border Intervention Teams and amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 as regards that mechanism – Summary of the Impact Assessment (SEC 955, 2 pages)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-border-intervention-teams-sec-955.pdf

plus

– Communication from the Commission on Policy priorities in the fight against illegal immigration of third-country nationals (COM 402)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-ill-immig-402.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: Accompanying the Communication from the Commission on Policy priorities in the fight against illegal immigration of third-country nationals (SEC 1010)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-migration-2nd-rep-sec-1010.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: the Commuication on policy priorities in the fight against illegal immigration of third-country nationals – Impact Assessment (SEC 964): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-ill-immig-sec-965.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: Accompanying the Communication on Policy priorities in the fight against illegal immigration of third-country nationals – Summary Impact Assessment (SEC 965): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-migration-sec-965.pdf

and

– Draft proposal for a Regulation establishing a Community Code on Visas (COM 403):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-code-on-visas-403.pdf

– Commission Staff Working Document: Second Annual Report on Migration and Integration (SEC 892)
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-2nd-ann-rep-migration-sec-892.pdf

– Communication from the Commission to the Council: Contribution to the EU Position for the United Nations’ High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (COM 409): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jul/com-migration-UN-409.pdf

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