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NCJ Number: 169832 Find in a Library
Title: States of Injustice: A Guide to Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the European Union
Author(s): M Spencer
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 242
Sponsoring Agency: Pluto Press
London, N6 5AA, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7453-0980-1
Sale Source: Pluto Press
345 Archway Rd
London, N6 5AA,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This general and comparative study of current problems in human rights and civil liberties in the countries of the European Union also addresses how laws are made at the European level, the defects of the system, and what might be done to improve human rights conditions.
Abstract: The first chapter explains the decisionmaking structure of the Union, as amended by the Maastricht treaty, followed by a chapter on the protection of human rights in Europe. The latter chapter distinguishes between the European Union and the older Council of Europe. Other chapters examine particular areas of concern, including measures flowing from the abolition of internal frontiers, the treatment of refugees, immigration policy, racism and discrimination, police cooperation, and data protection. These chapters explain which individual rights are covered by European Community law and are capable of improvement and which are currently left to the decisions of national governments. Attention is given to the "gray area" of matters coming under Title VI of the Maastricht treaty. This covers the field of justice and home affairs, including sensitive areas of policy that remain the least accessible to democratic control by European or national parliaments. Judicial control is also crucial. Discussion of these topics is illustrated by profiles of seven Member States: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The responses of these governments are discussed in the context of the differing mechanisms for the national monitoring of respect for human rights. Key issues for reform are identified, and suggestions for improvement are offered. Appended sources of information and a subject index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Council of Europe; Europe; European Commission for Human Rights; Foreign laws; France; Germany; Human rights; Human rights violations; Italy; Netherlands; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom (UK)
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