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Statewatch is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 that monitors civil liberties and other issues in the European Union and encourages investigative reporting and research.[1]

The organization has three free databases: a large database of all its news, articles and links since 1991,[2] the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre (SEMDOC) which monitors all new justice and home affairs measures since 1993.[3][4]

The predecessor to Statewatch was "State Research" (1977-1982), which produced a bi-monthly bulletin and carried research.

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[5] and the 2011 "Long Walk" award at the Liberty's Human Rights Awards.[6]


  1. ^ "About". Statewatch. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Search Statewatch database".
  3. ^ "Statewatch European Monitoring & Documentation Centre on Justice and Home Affairs in the EU - SEMDOC".
  4. ^ "The unique JHA Archive of official EU documents full-text 1976-2000".
  5. ^ Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti, "Netzdepesche: Eurokraten versus Europakritiker" ("Eurocrats Versus Europe critic"), Der Spiegel, 20 January 2000 (in German).
  6. ^ "Liberty award for Tony Bunyan and Statewatch", University of Bristol, 28 November 2011.

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