27 April 2009, by Cano Francisca,
Fernández Bessa Cristina,
Ortuño Jose Maria,
The Spanish State figures at international reports as one of the countries where torture persist, resulting in recommendations to eradicate or, at least, to minimize this practice. As such, the international organizations responsible for the protection of human rights denounce the lack of political will on the part of the Spanish Authorities (statutory, regional and local) to eradicate torture.
22 April 2009, by News Agencies
The British government has introduced an updated version of its counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST. In CONTEST 2, there is a stronger focus on training civilians, such as shop and hotel owners, to intervene in case of a terrorist threat. This might not be an actual attack but any act that undermines the belief in democracy, human rights, free speech and tolerance.
21 April 2009, by Carrera Sergio ,
Faure Atger Anaïs,
The upcoming Swedish presidency of the EU will be in charge of adopting the next multi-annual programme on an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), during its tenure in the second half of 2009. As the successor of the 2004 Hague Programme, it has already been informally baptised as the Stockholm Programme and will present the EU’s policy roadmap and legislative timetable over these policies for the next five years. It is therefore a critical time to reflect on the achievements and shortcomings affecting the role that the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Justice, Freedom and Security (DG JFS) has played during the last five years in light of the degree of policy convergence achieved so far.
14 April 2009, by Scheinin Martin
Following the introduction, chapter I of the present report highlights the key activities of the Special Rapporteur, from 17 December 2007 to 31 December 2008. The main report, contained in chapter II, highlights several concerns of the Special Rapporteur regarding the role of intelligence agencies in the fight against terrorism. Section A stresses the need for a specific and comprehensive legislative framework to regulate the broader powers that have been given to intelligence agencies in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.
14 April 2009, by Centre for European Policy Studies
The objective of the 7th CHALLENGE Training School is to revisit some of the major themes discussed in the past and to offer a reflection on potential future developments. Presentations and discussions will be organised in four sections: Security and liberty, Migration and citizenship, Borders and technology, External dimension of Justice and Home Affairs.
23 March 2009, by News Agencies
Ex-Guantánamo inmate Binyam Mohammed has been released and flown back to the UK. Despite having been on hunger strike, his medical condition is stable. After seven years in detention he has now reunited with his sister but so far not talked about what has happened to him. Being a UK resident, Mr. Mohammed does not have British citizenship and it is not guaranteed that he will be able to stay permanently.
18 March 2009, by News Agencies
Spain has told the United States that in principle, it is open to accepting some prisoners currently being held at Guantanamo Bay when the military base shuts down, according to a recent edict by president Barack Obama.
17 March 2009, by News Agencies
Guantánamo inmate and British resident Binyam Mohamed is said to be sent home to the UK within a short time. The student from West London went on hunger strike on 5 January and is in a very weak physical condition. Trying to avoid a British fatality US authorities have pressed ahead with negotiations.
17 March 2009, by Spiegel Online
In an interview with SPIEGEL, British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith discusses her country’s experience in taking in former inmates from the Guantanamo prison camp and how her country is seeking to reach out to young Muslims before they radicalize.
16 March 2009, by The Guardian
EU countries could be willing to help the US close down Guantánamo Bay by taking in released detainees despite the doubts of some member states, the EU foreign policy chief said today as European foreign ministers struggled to find common ground in Brussels.
10 March 2009, by EU Barometer
The survey results showed that a majority of respondents felt concerned about each of the policy areas. Primarily, the interviewees felt concern about the fights against – a) organised crime and terrorism and b) drugs abuse.
25 February 2009, by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)
Universities and colleges in the UK have been given guidelines for web monitoring of students’ access to extremist websites.
25 January 2009, by Watson Steve
Musicians and performers in London will soon be required by law to complete and hand over to police an eight page form detailing all their personal information and the ethnic background of their audience if they want to perform. Eight page form will detail names, aliases, private addresses, phone numbers of all musicians and ethnic background of the likely audience.
20 January 2009, by European Commission
The European Commission publishes results of an open public consultation on the future priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice for the years 2010-2014 and a Eurobarometer on awareness of key-policies in the same area.
19 January 2009, by Human Rights Watch
Sixty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the governments demonstrating the clearest vision on international rights protections, sadly, are those seeking to undermine enforcement.
23 December 2008, by The Guardian
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is said to have been one of the founders of Lashkar-e-Taiba when it was formed in 1989. When the Guardian met him in Pakistan in 1998, it found a «short, round man in spectacles» delivering a sermon to his disciples in which he told them: «Terrorists are killers, they kidnap and murder the innocent, but a jihad is to help the poor, the weak and the starving and to establish the supremacy of Allah.» His stated opponents then were those he regarded as heretics - liberal Pakistanis and the Shia Muslim, Christian and Hindu minorities.
10 December 2008, by Council of the EU
Terrorism constitutes one of the most serious violations of the universal values of human dignity, liberty, equality and solidarity, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms on which the European Union is founded. It also represents one of the most serious attacks on democracy and the rule of law, principles which are common to the Member States and on which the European Union is based.
18 November 2008, by European Commission
Consolidated and revised version October 2008
7 October 2008, by European Parliament
In adopting a resolution on the annual debate on the progress made in 2007 in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), the House calls on the European Council, the Council and the Commission to initiate the process of determining priorities for the forthcoming AFSJ multiannual programme for the period 2010-2014, on the basis of an ambitious and coherent approach and join the European Parliament in its dialogue with the national parliaments on the priorities for the period 2010-2014.
6 October 2008, by European Commission
Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for freedom, security and justice, has decided to launch a wide-ranging public consultation as part of the discussions that will result in the definition of priorities for the period beginning in 2010.