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Statewatch is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 that monitors the state, justice and home affairs (JHA), security 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 18 countries and partners such as CILIP, Drone Campaign Network, EDRi, FOIAdvocates, JUSTICIA European Rights Network and Migreurop.

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 three free databases: a large database of all its news, articles and links since 1991,[1] the Statewatch European Monitoring and Documentation Centre (SEMDOC) which monitors all new justice and home affairs measures since 1993.[2][3]

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


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

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