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Statewatch is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 that monitors the state and civil liberties in the European Union. It is composed of lawyers, academics, journalists, researchers and community activists. Its European network of contributors is drawn from 14 countries. Statewatch encourages the publication of investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. The organization has built a large database of official documents obtained by public records requests.[1]

Among other activities, it monitors anti-terrorist legislation, has a Passenger Name Record observatory, is concerned about asylum issues, data privacy, biometrics, etc.

The organization and its director, Tony Bunyan, have received awards for their civil rights activism including a 1998 award from the British Campaign for Freedom of Information[1] and the 2011 "Long Walk" award at the Liberty's Human Rights Awards.[2]


  1. ^ a b Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti, "Netzdepesche: Eurokraten versus Europakritiker" ("Eurocrats Versus Europe critic"), Der Spiegel, 20 January 2000 (in German).
  2. ^ "Liberty award for Tony Bunyan and Statewatch", University of Bristol, 28 November 2011.

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