European Committee of Social Rights - ECRE and ICJ v. Greece

ECRE and ICJ ask the European Committee of Social Rights to adopt a finding that Greece has failed to comply with its obligations under the revised European Social Charter in relation to unaccompanied and accompanied migrant children (hereinafter “migrant children”) on the North Eastern Aegean Islands and unaccompanied migrant children on the Greek mainland. The violations arise from the oversaturation of reception facilities which are meant to assure basic care and protection of children, the deleterious conditions that children are subject to for lengthy periods of time as a result of the serious shortcomings in reception and care and the danger that such conditions pose for children’s mental and physical health. ECRE and ICJ further submit that Greece is in breach of the revised Charter by its failure to ensure access to the procedural safeguards to migrant children that they are entitled to by virtue of their age and that the absence of a formal education system in Greece for migrant children violates their right to education. ECRE and ICJ respectfully submit to the Committee that the situation in Greece for unaccompanied and accompanied migrant children violates their rights under:
 
Article 31(1) and 31(2) of the revised European Social Charter (the right to housing);
Article 17(1) of the revised European Social Charter (the right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection);
Article 16 of the revised European Social Charter (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection);
Article 7(10) of the revised European Social Charter (the right of children and young persons to protection);
Article 11(1) and 11(3) of the revised European Social Charter (the right to protection of health);
Article 13 of the revised European Social Charter (the right to social and medical assistance
Article 17(2) of the revised European Social Charter (the right to education). 
Resource category: 
Documentation
ESCR,
International Commission of Jurists,
Resource country: 
Greece
Keywords: 
Reception conditions; general rights and entitlements
Accommodation centre,
Best interest of the child,
Detention,
Education (right to),
Health (right to),
Integration measures,
Material reception conditions,
Reception conditions,
Unaccompanied minor,
Vulnerable person,
Resource date: 
30-11-2018