New complaint registered concerning Belgium

Strasbourg 28/08/2019
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New complaint registered concerning Belgium

European Roma Rights Centre v. Belgium, Complaint No. 185/2019


The complaint was registered on 12 July 2019. It concerns Article E read in conjunction with Articles 1§2 (the right to work), 11§1 (the right to protection of health), 12§1 (the right to social security), 13§1 (the right to social and medical assistance), 15§3 (the right of persons with disabilities to independence, social integration and participation in the life of the community), 16 (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection) and 17 (the right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection). ERRC argued that a massive and disproportionate police operation targeting 19 halting sites for Travellers was carried out in Belgium on 7 May 2019 with the aim of seizing caravans, cars, and other property from many Travellers under the assumption that all Travellers across the country were involved in a criminal activity. The CEDR alleges that the Belgian authorities failed to take into account individual circumstances or health consequences when seizing the property and freezing the bank accounts of those Traveller families concerned by this complaint in breach of the above-mentioned provisions of the Charter.

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