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STATEWATCH: 28 March 2005


Statewatch News Online, 28 March 2005 (12/05)
Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. Does the EU need a “Fundamental Rights Agency”?
2. EU: Space and security report
3. EU refugee camps in North Africa
4. UK-G8-EU: The exceptional and draconian become the norm (updated)
5. Italy expels boat-people, the EU turns a blind eye
6. Spain: New Foreigners’ Law Regulation
7. UK: The Inquiries Bill: The Wrong Answer. A Joint Statement
8. Belgium: European Journalists Welcome “Landmark Victory”
9. Northern Ireland: Calls for more action to stop racist attacks
10. Italy: Provisional immigration quota for 2005 fixed
11. UK: Manual -role of the military in internal security

1. EU: Does the EU need a “Fundamental Rights Agency”? Viewpoint: Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, looks at the proposal and wonders if it will be just another “figleaf” for inaction: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/13eu-rights-agency.htm

2. EU: Report of the panel of experts on space and security (pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/eu-space-and-security.pdf

“As Europe moves into a new era of responsibility concerning space activities, it is clear that security is a central issue for policy makers. This report reinforces the importance of space in achieving long-term European objectives in this critical area.”

3. The desert front – EU refugee camps in North Africa? by Helmut Dietrich:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/12eu-refugee-camps.htm

“This article first appeared in the German journal Konkret (issue 12/2004) and traces the implementation of the creation of migrant and refugee prisons, so called off-shore centres, in northern Africa, as part of the EU’s globalisation of migration control.”

4. Statewatch special report – updated 26 March: The exceptional and draconian become the norm – G8 and EU counter-terrorism plans (pdf): “Special investigative” techniques * “intelligence information” in court * new “preparatory” terrorist offences: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/exceptional-and-draconian.pdf

5. Italy expels boat-people, the EU turns a blind eye: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/11italy-boat-people.htm

6. Spain: New Foreigners’ Law Regulation: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/10spain-foreigners-law.htm

7. UK: The Inquiries Bill: The Wrong Answer. A Joint Statement by:Amnesty International, British Irish Rights Watch, The Committee on the Administration of Justice, Human Rights First, The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, INQUEST, JUSTICE, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, The Law Society of England and Wales, Pat Finucane Centre, Scottish Human Rights Centre: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/08uk-inquiries-bill.htm

8. Belgium: European Journalists Welcome “Landmark Victory” in Belgium for Protection of Sources (link):
www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=3026&Language=EN

9. Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Calls for more action to stop racist attacks:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/07ni-racism.htm

10. Italy: Provisional immigration quota for 2005 fixed:
www.statewatch.org/news/2005/mar/09italy-imm-quotas.htm

11. UK: “Operations in the UK: The Defence contribution to resilience” (link to large 3MB pdf):
www.ukresilience.info/contingencies/defencecontrib.pdf

This 266 page document sets out the military’s internal role for terrorism, natural disasters and strikes/public order. It is now based on the:
Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (link): www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040036.htm
and the Emergency Powers Act 1964: www.statewatch.org/news/2003/jun/23civil.htm

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