Statewatch: Open letter to Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (IMO)

30 June 2020 — Statewatch

Statewatch News Online, 30 June 2020

e-mail: office@statewatch.org

London, 29 June 2020 – The civil liberties organisation Statewatch has today delivered an open letter [1] with hundreds of signatories to Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (IMO), calling on him to revoke the Libyan maritime search and rescue (SAR) zone [2] in order to prevent the so-called Libyan Coast Guard undertaking ‘pull-backs’ of migrants to Libya, where they face violence, abuse and mistreatment.

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The deportation machine in 2020 / Rough-sleeper raids rebranded

12 June 2020 — Corporate Watch

UK deportations 2020: how BA, Easyjet and other airlines collaborate with the border regime

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On 30 April, with UK airports largely deserted during the Covid-19 lockdown, a Titan Airways charter plane took off from Stansted airport deporting 35 people to Poland. This was just a few days after reports of charter flights in the other direction, as UK farmers hired planes to bring in Eastern European fruit-pickers.

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Webinar: Walls Must Fall: Ending the deadly politics of border militarisation (TNI)

12 June 2020 — Statewatch

COVID-19 has become another touchstone for today’s deeply entrenched politics of militarised borders and anti-migrant racism. Leaders like Trump and Orban have blamed the virus on foreigners and to claim justification for their racist politics. But they have also been used European Union Member States of all political tendencies have used the crisis to close off ports to rescue ships, making the Mediterranean even more deadly for refugees. The ‘necropolitics’ of border militarization that justifies systemic crimes against humanity has become tragically hegemonic.

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

21 May 2020 — Statewatch

e-mail: office@statewatch.org

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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New EU deportation law breaches fundamental rights standards and should be rejected

11 September 2019 — Statewatch

A proposed new EU law governing standards and procedures for deportations would breach fundamental rights standards, massively expand the use of detention, limit appeal rights and undermine ‘voluntary’ return initiatives. It should be rejected by the European Parliament and the Council, argues a new analysis published today by Statewatch. [1]

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The Venezuelan Disinformation Campaign

6 September 2019 — Voltaire Network

Arton207536 851dcIn August 2018, the international press reported on a massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the famine and chavist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. There were 18,000 to cross the border each day. At the time, the UN predicted that there would be 5.3 million Venezuelan migrants and refugeesthroughout Latin America by the end of 2019. There was a major crisis.

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Tired of Being Ignored, Refugees in Calais Are Learning to Do Their Own Press

7 July 2019 — Novara Media

On a sunny afternoon in June, thirty people from Sudan, Iran and Ethiopia gathered in the quiet back room of a local day centre near the port of Calais in northern France. One man volunteered to translate from English to Arabic so everybody present could understand, as a coach explained how to take control and set the agenda when speaking to journalists.

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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Why is the US government using social media to monitor the public? By Kevin Reed

24 June 2019 — WSWS

A series of recent reports—based on documents obtained from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings and other leaked information—have revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is violating the First Amendment right to free speech and assembly by gathering social media data for surveillance purposes and targeting organizations and individuals for harassment, intimidation, deportation and arrest.

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