Collective Complaints under the Social Charter

List of Complaints and Advancement of the Procedure

 

 

No. 58/2009 Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) v. Italy
The complaint was registered on 29 May 2009. The complainant organisation pleads a violation of Articles16 (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection), 19 (right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance), 30 (right to protection against poverty and social exclusion) and 31 (right to housing), read alone or in conjunction with Article E (non discrimination) of the Revised Charter. The complainant organisation alleges that the recent so-called emergency security measures and racist and xenophobic discourse have resulted in unlawful campaigns and evictions leading to homelessness and expulsions, disproportionately targeting Roma and Sinti.


No. 51/2008 European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) v. France
The complaint was registered on 17 April 2008. The complainant organisation pleads a violation of Articles 16 (right of the family to social, legal and economic protection), 19 (right of migrant workers and their families to protection and assistance), 30 (right to protection against poverty and social exclusion) and 31 (right to housing), read alone or in conjunction with Article E (non-discrimination), on the grounds that Travellers in France are victims of injustice with regard to access to housing, inter alia social exclusion, forced eviction as well as residential segregation, substandard housing conditions and lack of security. Furthermore, France has failed to take measures to address the deplorable living conditions of Romani migrants from other Council of Europe member states.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 23 September 2008.
 

No. 49/2008 International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS) v. Greece
The complaint was registered on 28 March 2008. It is alleged that the Greek Government continues to forcibly evict Roma without providing suitable alternative accommodation. It also alleges that the Roma in Greece continue to suffer discrimination in access to housing in violation of Article 16 of the European Social Charter (Right of the family to social, legal and economic protection) alone or in conjunction with the non discrimination clause in the Preamble.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 23 September 2008.
 

No. 48/2008 European Roma Rights Centre v. Bulgaria
The complaint registered on 28 March 2008 relates to Article 131 (the right to social and medical assistance) alone or in conjunction with Article E (non discrimination) of the Revised European Social Charter. It is alleged that Bulgarian legislation as from 01/01/2008 will no longer ensure the right to adequate social assistance to unemployed persons without adequate resources. This will notably affect Roma and women.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 2 June 2008.
 

No. 46/2007, European Roma Rights Centre v. Bulgaria
The complaint registered on 22 October 2007 relates to Article 11 (right to health) and Article 13 (right to social and medical assistance) alone or in conjunction with Article E (non-discrimination) of the Revised European Social Charter. It is alleged that legislation excludes a large number of Roma persons from health insurance coverage, that government policies do not adequately address the specific health risks affecting Romani communities, and that there is widespread discriminatory practices on the part of health care practitioners against Roma in the provision of health services.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 5 February 2008. It concluded that there was a violation of Article111, 2 and 3, in conjunction with Article E, and of Article 131, and transmitted its decision on the merits to the Committee of Ministers on 3 December 2008.
 

No. 31/2005 European Roma Rights Center (ERRC) v. Bulgaria
The complaint, lodged on 22 April 2005, relates to Article 16 (right to social, economic, and legal protection) alone or in combination with Article E (non-discrimination) of the Revised European Social Charter. The complaint alleges that the situation of Roma in Bulgaria amounts to a violation of the right to adequate housing. 

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 10 October 2005.

The decision on the merits of the complaint was adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights on 18 October 2006 and transmitted to the Committee of Ministers in the form of a report on 30 November 2006.
 

No. 27/2004 European Roma Rights Center v. Italy
The complaint, lodged on 28 June 2004, relates to Article 31 (right to housing) alone or in combination with Articles E (non-discrimination) of the Revised European Social Charter. The complaint alleges that the situation of Roma in Italy amounts to a violation of Article 31 of the Revised European Social Charter. In addition, it alleges that policies and practices in the field of housing constitute, inter alia, racial discrimination and racial segregation, both contrary to Article 31 alone or read in conjunction with Article E.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 6 December 2004.

The European Committee of Social Rights concluded that there was a violation of Article 31 of the revised European Social Charter taken together with Article E and transmitted its decision on the merits of the complaint to the Parties and to the Committee of Ministers on 21 December 2005. The Committee of Ministers adopted Resolution ResChS(2006)4 on 3 May 2006.
 

No. 15/2003 European Roma Rights Centre v. Greece
The complaint, lodged on 4 April 2003, relates to Article 16 (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection) and the Preamble (non-discrimination) of the European Social Charter. It is alleged that there is widespread discrimination both in law and in practice against Roma in the field of housing.

The European Committee of Social Rights declared the complaint admissible on 16 June 2003. A public hearing was held on 11 October 2004.

The European Committee of Social Rights concluded that there was a violation of Article 16 and transmitted its decision on the merit of the complaint to the Parties and to the Committee of Ministers on 7 February 2005. The Committee of Ministers adopted a Resolution on 8 June 2005.
 

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Last update: June 2009