Month: July 2017

The Social Charter, a Social Constitution for Europe?

The Council of Europe has produced this film with the aim of promoting the European Social Charter. This is a new way of communicating about human rights. The film implies that the implementation of the Charter contributes to the quality of people’s everyday life. It shows this through images of positive everyday situations, reflecting circumstances in which social rights are fully effective.

At a time when these fundamental rights are under pressure or even at risk, this treaty guarantees day-to-day human needs: work; health; housing; education; social security and protection, welfare services. The film suggests that implementing this Social Constitution of Europe therefore means ensuring dignity, bringing people together, contributing to their individual and collective wellbeing, as well as leading to social cohesion, peace and economic development.

The film has been made in the framework of the Turin process for the European Social Charter, an initiative launched by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in 2014 to reinforce the Charter, one of the key priorities of his mandate.

The film can be downloaded: long version and short version.

A Right to Housing Seminar with Mercy Law Resource Centre

One active member of the ESC Rights initiative, the Mercy Law Resource Centre,  with Senator Colette Kelleher (Independent – Civil Engagement Group) and Simon Community invite you to a A Right to Housing Seminar!

· Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2017

· Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm

· Venue: Emmet Theatre, Trinity Conference Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

This seminar will bring together key stakeholders to outline the importance of a constitutional right to housing and to map out the next steps that could be taken, working collectively, to advance the right to housing from a policy, legislative and constitutional perspective.  Speakers  to date are:

· Kitty Holland, The Irish Times.
· Rory Hearne, NUI Maynooth.
· Karen McLoughlin, SIPTU.
· Niamh Randall, Simon Communities.
· Maeve Regan, Mercy Law Resource Centre.
· Professor Gerry Whyte, Trinity College Dublin.

To register for this free event please RSVP to communications@simoncommunity.com by Monday July 10th. For further information please contact 01 671 1606.

The Council of Europe campaigns to reinforce social rights in Europe

On 29 and 30 June 2017, the Conference of the International NGOs at the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted both statements to support the strengthening of Social Rights in Europe. PACE adopted a resolution on “The ‘Turin process’: reinforcing social rights in Europe”.

The so-called “Turin process” was launched by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in 2014 and aims at strengthening fundamental rights in Europe, especially the better implementation of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe into European Union law.

In its latest resolution, PACE now states that “social rights are fundamental human rights” which should be granted to all citizens. The parliamentarians are concerned about the lack of compliance with social rights standards as outlined in the European Social Charter in different European states, but also in EU legislation. Unfortunately no Irish TDs participated to the Vote.

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PACE parliamentarians and International NGOs (see communiqué below) call upon EU policy and law makers to incorporate the European Social Charter into the European Pillar of Social Rights to improve common bench-marking and coordination of social rights within Europe. With regards to complaint mechanisms, the resolution calls for a strengthening of the collective complaints mechanism linked to the European Social Charter.

Thanks to participatory status at the Council of Europe, many INGOs are able to launch complaints at the European Committee of Social Rights in cases of possible non-compliance with the European Social Charter. Currently a complaint submitted by FIDH is focusing on housing conditions in Council Estates in Ireland.

 

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