Social Charter

The European Social Charter includes a protocol that enables the European Committee of Social Rights to review collective complaints on rights violations. The ERRC has been one of the principal organisations to use this procedure. Its first collective complaint was submitted in 2003 in a case against Greece concerning the right of Roma to adequate housing. The ERRC has successfully continued to file complaints regarding housing, health, social assistance and social protection to the Committee.

Visit the website of the European Social Charter for information and case law.

  • ERRC v Ireland, Collective Complaint No. 100/2013
  • ERRC v Portugal, Collective Complaint No 61/2010 (discrimination, housing, social protection)
  • ERRC v France, Collective Complaint No 51/2008 (discrimination, housing, social protection)
  • ERRC v Bulgaria, Collective Complaint No 48/2008 (discrimination, social assistance)
  • ERRC v Bulgaria, Collective Complaint No 46/2007 (discrimination, health care)
  • ERRC v Bulgaria, Collective Complaint 31/2005 (discrimination, housing)
  • ERRC v Italy, Collective Complaint 27/2004 (discrimination, housing)
  • ERRC v Greece, Collective Complaint 15/2003 (discrimination, housing)

 

 

Call for Grant Proposals: Community Legal Work Projects

20 January 2017

The ERRC’s legal work – which the organisation describes as “strategic litigation” – has been called “elite” or “elitist”. Budapest-best legal staff members work with us, Roma, as well as with local lawyers and NGOs, to design cases to have a big impact at national or European levels, and ultimately to ensure greater respect for our rights. But is this really working for us? Are we yet convinced – as the ERRC is – that court cases, and relying on legal rights more generally, are going to make our situation any better?

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Call for Proposals: Website Design and Hosting

18 January 2017

The European Roma Rights Centre (“the ERRC”) needs a clear, bold website to get strong messages across to the allies and foes of Roma rights: We are equal. The rights violations we suffer are real and unacceptable. We are taking our cases to court and winning. And the ERRC’s activist lawyers, advocates, researchers, human rights monitors, and entire team are making it possible.

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Romani Woman Harassed by Racist Hospital Staff during Childbirth Wins Case

18 January 2017

Budapest, 18 January 2017: A Romani woman harassed by staff while giving birth at a Hungarian hospital has won a decision in her favour from the Hungarian Equality Body. The woman who gave birth to her baby daughter in February 2016 was alone in the hospital and intimidated by staff who subjected her to verbal harassment and racial slurs, with one doctor telling her “you Gypsies give birth only for the money!”

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