Statewatch launches free access to civil-liberties websites

Statewatch has now made access to its two websites on specialist civil liberties subjects totally free. These two online resources are a unique record of the struggle for civil liberties in Europe over the past 20 years, and provide an essential resource for students, journalists, academics, lawyers and community activists.

The Statewatch database – 27,000 articles on civil liberties in Europe dating back 20 years

The Statewatch database includes a wealth of material on civil rights, policing, prisons, immigration and asylum, racism, counter?terrorism (from Northern Ireland to the ‘war on terror’), secrecy and transparency, and EU justice and home affairs policy.

The collection comprises 27,000 articles on civil liberties which were originally published in the Statewatch Journal, Statewatch News Online and its archives dating back to the mid-1970s. Previously, full access to these resources was only available to paying subscribers.

To access the database, go to

SEMDOC – the Statewatch European Monitoring Centre on EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) policy

SEMDOC was launched in 1997 to monitor and document the development and implementation of EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) policy and encourage critical research and debate. The JHA field includes migration, asylum, border control, visa policy, the ‘Schengen’ Convention, civil law cooperation, policing and criminal law.

The SEMDOC website includes a “legislative observatory” which has covered every single measure adopted and proposed in the EU justice and home affairs field since the Amsterdam Treaty in 2001. The observatory details the positions of the EU Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, with links to all relevant full?text documentation. More than 700 specific measures have now been documented.

SEMDOC also contains all relevant international treaties and EU case?law on justice and home affairs matters, along with a wealth of information about the decision?making process, legislative agenda and key treaty provisions. The SEMDOC website is the most comprehensive independent resource on EU JHA policy in Europe.

To access the site, go to

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