Other EU and International complaints bodies

Please read carefully the website of each body listed below before lodging a complaint and/or requesting guidance. Attempts to find solutions via national channels should always be made before contacting international bodies. International bodies should only be contacted when the issue falls exclusively under the mandate of the international body in question; when the national system cannot offer an adequate response to your claim; or when the national solution is unsatisfactory.

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Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Council of Europe

The Advisory Committee has a key role in monitoring the implementation of the Framework Convention by states. Its task is to ensure that the standards of the Convention are applied by all the concerned states, in the various fields of interest for persons belonging to national minorities. The Commission is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Committee against Torture (CAT)

International

The Committee Against Torture (CAT) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by its State parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set forth in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Council of Europe

The Committee of Experts monitors the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Its role is to examine the real situation of the regional or minority languages in each State Party. In this context, the Committee is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Committee of Social Rights on the European Social Charter

Council of Europe

The rights guaranteed by the Charter concern all individuals in their daily lives such as housing, health, education, employment, legal and social protection, free movement of persons and non-discrimination. The Committee on Social Rights determines whether or not national law and practice in the State Parties are in conformity with the Charter and is able to offer you information in this regard, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Committee)

Council of Europe

The Committee of the Parties monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. It facilitates the collection, analysis and exchange of information, experience and good practice between States to improve their capacity to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. In this context, the Committee is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

International

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of independent experts which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its State Parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set out in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

International

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by its State Parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set out in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)

International

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State Parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set out in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

International

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State Parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set out in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

International

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the body of independent experts which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the State Parties. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of any of the rights set forth in the Convention, you can file a complaint with the Committee. You can only file a complaint against a State which has accepted the Committee’s competence to examine individual complaints.

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