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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European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions

European

The Petitions Committee has been established to conduct inquiries on the way in which European legislation is implemented. If you wish to issue a complaint on a subject falling within the sphere of law of the European Union, you can submit a petition to the Committee.

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

Council of Europe

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. In this context, GRETA is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

Council of Europe

The Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is an independent expert body that monitors the implementation of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) by the Parties. In this context, GREVIO is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

Human Rights Committee

International

The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political 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 Covenant, 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.

Human Rights Council

International

The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. If you believe that you have been a victim of a violation by a State Party of your civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights, you can file a complaint with the relevant expert.

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

Council of Europe

The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the Member States. In this context, the Commission for the Efficiency of Justice is able to offer you information, but it cannot act upon individual complaints.

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