Disabilities rights group makes Social Charter complaint

Disabilities rights campaigners believe Belgium has failed to comply with its obligations under the Social Charter and want the Council of Europe to take action.

The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) alleges that Belgium has not taken adequate measures to comply with Articles 13 (right to social and medical assistance), 14 (right to benefit from social welfare services) 15 (the right of persons with disabilities), 16 (right to appropriate social, legal and economic protection for the family), taken alone or in combination with Article E (non discrimination) of the Social Charter (Revised). The organisation claims this affects adversely highly dependent adults with disabilities.

The admissibility of the FIDH’s complaint is due to be considered by the European Committee of Social Rights.

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