Statewatch News Online: 21 May 2020: New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems

21 May 2020 — Statewatch

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New analysis: reinforcement of Frontex runs into legal problems

An internal Frontex report published today by Statewatch highlights a series of issues in implementing the agency’s new legislation, including uncertain legal terminology and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The debts of undocumented Vietnamese migrants in Europe

28 November 2019 — Open Democracy

Debt and trafficking were used to explain why 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a lorry in Essex, but whom did the migrants owe?

Nicolas Lainez

Phong, 27, is an undocumented Vietnamese migrant working eleven hours a day, six days a week at a Vietnamese restaurant in Paris for €1,550 a month. He lives a minimal existence. Every penny Phong can spare goes to repaying the €15,000 debt he incurred while travelling from Nghe An in central Vietnam to France. The smuggler had charged him €4,000 up front, which was enough to get him to Moscow on a tourist visa. The trip to Poland cost a further €6,000: €2,000 for the arrangements to leave and €4,000 for arriving safely. A final €5,000 was due once he arrived in France.

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Trump’s raids and the stench of fascism

12 July 2019 — WSWS

On Saturday night, undocumented immigrants across America will say goodnight to their spouses, parents and children, fearing it may be the last time they are able to do so. Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation in 10 of the country’s most populous cities.

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UK Border Regime updates special – Couriers win! – Summer School selling fast – Water bosses’ payouts – Priory Group makes millions

6 July 2019 — Corporate Watch

First, some good news. At the end of last year we revealed the huge amounts pathology company The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) was paying to its directors and shareholders – while denying couriers the better pay they were demanding. Since then, six months of campaigning and threats of strike action by the couriers and their union, the IWGB, has persuaded TDL to sign a historic pay deal. In the words of the IWGB: “The deal proves it is possible for so-called “gig economy” workers to secure hourly pay and improved conditions through campaigns and strikes.”

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Statewatch News Online, 13 May 2019 (12/19)

13 May 2019 — Statewatch

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STATEWATCH NEWS

1.    Mytilene, Greece: Peaceful demonstration and the human right to freedom of assembly prevails
2.    EU: Frontex gets ready to deploy to the Balkans
3.    EU: Construction of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS)
4.    EU criminal law could cover “crimes relating to artificial intelligence”
5.    EU: The human rights monitoring ship Mare Liberum is being prevented from leaving port
6.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe 
7.    EU: Common European Asylum System: deadlock in the Council
8.    ECHR: Terrorism convict can be deported from France to Algeria without any ri

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Statewatch News Online, 29 April 2019 (10/19)

29 April 2019 — Statewatch

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1.  EU: Police press ahead with efforts to automate cross-border information-sharing
2.  EU: National security and fundamental rights: problems with definitions and the rule of law
3.  SPAIN: Ethnic profiling in Catalonia: for every police identity check on a Spanish national
4.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (9-15.4.19)

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1.   EU lawmakers rubber-stamp European Defence Fund, give up parliamentary veto
2.   UK: Self-harm in detention centre up threefold in three years despite drop in population
3.   German Police launches “National Internet Referral Unit“
4.   MALTA: Media reports on foreign suspects show worrying trends, researchers say
5.   Case filed against Greece in Strasbourg Court over Crackdown on Humanitarian Organisations
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Statewatch News Online, 18 March 2019 (07/19)

18 March 2019 — Statewatch.org

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1.   EU: Open letter to MEPs: oppose mandatory fingerprinting for national identity cards
2.   EU: Security Union: new measures  introduce biometric identity cards and a new database
3.   ECHR: Three judgments: detention of and lack of care for unaccompanied minors in Greece
4.   EU: Biometrics, extended travel surveillance, internal-external “synergies”:
5.   EU: Saving lives in the Mediterranean: human rights organisations propose plan
6.   Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (5-12.3.19)
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UK: “Stansted 15” anti-deportation protesters found guilty of terrorism charges By Margot Miller

17 December 2018 — WSWS

Fifteen UK anti-deportation activists, accused of terrorism offences for preventing the departure of an immigration removal charter flight from London Stansted Airport, have been found guilty.

Following a nine-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, the jury found the “Stansted 15” in contravention of the rarely used 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, by endangering safety at an airport. The defendants, who are preparing to appeal the verdict, face potential life prison sentences and await sentencing in February.

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