26 November 2014 – On 17 October, Members of Parliament from the People’s Party, party in government in Spain, have adopted the draft Organic Law on the Protection of Citizen’s Security and have rejected all the amendments presented by the various opposition parties. The law was adopted yesterday by the Internal Affairs Committee and will be passed in plenary session in Congress mid-December and its entry into force is planned by the end of the year.
24 November 2014 – The ILHR will reward Edward Snowden with the Carl von Ossietzky medal in Berlin on 14 December as well as to the journalists having helped him to reveal the biggest world mass surveillance scandal.
4 November 2014 – In a judgment delivered in the case Tarakhel versus Switzerland (case no. 29217/12) concerning an Afghan family of asylum seekers to Italy under the Dublin Regulation, the ECtHR considered that given “the current situation as regards the reception system in Italy” and “in the absence of detailed and reliable information concerning the specific facility, the physical reception conditions and the preservation of the family unit, […] the Swiss authorities do not possess sufficient assurances that, if returned to Italy, the applicants would be taken charge of in a manner adapted to the age of the children”.
1 November 2014 – The Frontex joint operation Triton has started its activities with the participation of 21 Member States and Schengen Associated Countries. Its cost is estimated at 2.9 Million euros per month. Even though this operation is not destined to replace the Italian rescue operation Mare Nostrum, the European Commission estimates that it should help Members States to comply with their obligation to assist persons in distress.
30 October 2014 – In a press release, Mr François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, reacted to the British authorities’ decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the grounds that these operations can encourage people to attempt the crossing and lead to more deaths.
22 October 2014 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) launched a document presenting “Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders”.
21 October 2014 – In a judgment delivered in the case Sharifi and Others versus Italy and Greece (application no. 16643/09), the ECtHR sentenced Italy for having expulsed collectively to Greece third country nationals who had come illegally from Greece and for having exposed them to a risk of deportation to their country of origin, where they faced the risk of being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatments.
10 October 2014 – the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council of the Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions entitled ‘Taking action to better manage migratory flows’. The conclusions define an approach presented by the Italian presidency and which is based on three pillars.
16 October – Ministers discussed the mid-term review of the EU2020 Strategy at the EPSCO Council. They believe it remains a good strategy. Unfortunately, the crisis and the recession have so far prevented its implementation. Thus, new objectives are not necessary, but shall work on a better coordination and equilibrium between macroeconomic and social targets.
16 October – Ministers of the EPSCO Council approved a general approach “on a decision establishing a Platform to improve cooperation at EU level in order to prevent and deter undeclared work more effectively”.