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)

 

 

ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.

 

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Roma Rights 1 2017: Roma and Conflict: Understanding the Impact of War and Political Violence

16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

Editors: Marek Szilvasi, Kieran O’Reilly, Bernard Rorke

Roma Rights 1 2017 (PDF)

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Macron Election Call Out

5 May 2017

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