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Anti-Terror Policies

2017

23

Jun

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France presents new security bill amid extremist threats

French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government presented a security bill Thursday to beef up police powers amid extremist threats to Europe. Macron insists the bill discussed at a Cabinet meeting won’t infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. His government is seeking to extend France’s existing […]

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Country: France
Source: Seattle Times

15

Jun

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Germany plans to fingerprint children and spy on personal messages

Germany is planning a new law giving authorities the right to look at private messages and fingerprint children as young as 6, the interior minister said on Wednesday after the last government gathering before a national election in September. Ministers from central government and federal states said encrypted messaging services, such as WhatsApp and Signal, […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Fortune

09

Jun

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Rights Group Asks Germany to Arrest CIA Deputy Director

A civil rights group is asking German authorities to issue an arrest warrant for the recently appointed deputy director of the CIA over claims she oversaw the torture of terrorism suspects 15 years ago. The nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights submitted a legal brief to German federal prosecutors Tuesday, alleging that Gina […]

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Country: Germany
Source: New York Times

08

Jun

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May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that impede new terror legislation

Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agendajust 36 hours before the polls open. The prime minister said she was looking at how to make it easier to deport foreign terror suspects and […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

05

Jun

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Seven people were killed and 48 injured after three knife-wielding assailants led a deadly rampage through central London, plowing a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then running to a nearby open-air market.  

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Theresa May responds to London Bridge attack with anti-terror laws promise

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the country is experiencing a “new trend” in the terrorism threat after experiencing three fatal attacks in the space of just three months, hinting at a broad crackdown on extremism in the country. Speaking on Downing Street Sunday morning, May called for a shakeup in counter-extremism and […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian , Time

31

May

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France: Unchecked clampdown on protests under guise of fighting terrorism

Powers designed to combat terrorism have been repeatedly misused to curb peaceful protest, a new report from Amnesty International has found. The report reveals that hundreds of unjustified measures restricting freedom of movement and the right to peaceful assembly have been issued under the guise of countering terrorism. “Emergency laws intended to protect the French […]

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Country: France
Source: Amnesty International , DW

30

May

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UK’s ‘Big Brother’ anti-terror strategy is flawed, UN expert says

There has been an alarming shift towards criminalization of peaceful protest and free expression in the UK, according to a UN report. It warned about a growing “Big Brother” culture of state surveillance and suspicion. The report – which was drawn up before the May 22 suicide bomb attack in Manchester that killed 22 people […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: DW English

18

May

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CAGE director charged under Terrorism Act for ‘failing to disclose his passwords’

A director of the controversial campaign group Cage has been charged under the Terrorism Act, after refusing to give police his computer passwords. Muhammad Rabbani was detained at Heathrow Airport under counter terrorism stop-and-search powers and declined to give his logins as he returned from a foreign trip last year. The 36-year-old international director of the group attended […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Daily Telegraph , Liberty Human Rights Organization

15

May

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Ex-RAF guerilla Horst Mahler seeks asylum in Hungary

A prominent former German left-wing militant turned neo-Nazi applied for political asylum in Hungary, where he was arrested, German daily TAZ reported on Monday, citing a spokesperson from the Munich prosecutor’s office. A German court in 2009 sentenced Horst Mahler to 10 years in prison for inciting hatred and Holocaust denial, which is a criminal […]

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Country: Germany
Source: TAZ , DW English

23

Apr

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Controversy hits OSCE’s objectivity after Turkey report

After a report by international observers criticizing the conduct of Turkey’s April 16 referendum, controversy casts doubt on the observers’ impartiality. On April 17, a joint report by Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) election observers claimed that an “unlevel playing field” had characterized […]

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Country: Austria
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