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FSG has been involved in the setting up of a platform (Plataforma DESC) that has prepared an Alternative Report on the Observance of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Spain.

30/01/2018
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Advancing the fundamental rights of Roma people from DESC Platform Spain<br><br>

FSG has been involved in the setting up of a platform (Plataforma DESC) that has prepared an Alternative Report on the Observance of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Spain.

The platform, which brings together more than 20 organisations from different sectors (including social justice, human rights, international development, environmental and disability organizations) will present this report to the United Nations Committee that monitors the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which Spain ratified in 1977.

These alternative reports, also known as “Shadow reports”, offer civil society the possibility to supplement or provide an alternative point of view to the governmental reports that the 166 Signatories of the  International Covenant are required to submit, every five years, on how the economic, social and cultural rights are being implemented in their countries.

At Fundación Secretariado Gitano, we believe it is essential to make use of spaces and mechanisms created within the framework of international organizations, such as the United Nations, to advance the rights of Roma people; our participation in these spaces, in coalition with other civil society organizations, ensures that the interests and rights of Roma are incorporated in the reports to the United Nations, as we have done more recently in the report presented to the Committee of Children's Rights for the Children's Platform on January 22nd.

The Shadow report prepared by the DESC Platform, stresses the importance of guaranteeing the right to education of Roma students (ensuring that all Roma children complete, at least, lower secondary education, and combating school segregation); the right to decent housing (eradicating slums and reducing substandard housing); and the right to non-discrimination (applying forcefully anti-discrimination legislation and expanding the regulatory framework with an Integral Law of Equality of Treatment and Non-Discrimination).

We hope the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will take on board these issues in its concluding observations to the Government of Spain, where the Committee expresses its concerns and recommendations to each State party.

Although the main objective of the DESC Platform has been the preparation of a Shadow report, the platform also aims to increase public awareness about the importance of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) and the value of the processes that monitor and evaluate the Government´s compliance with the International agreements ratified by Spain.

The Shadow Report is currently open to accessions, the Platform will carry out advocacy actions at national and international level before, during and after the presentation of the Report to the UN Committee on 21 and 22 March in Geneva.

For more info visit the platform´s website at https://plataformadesc.wixsite.com/2012-2016

Email plataformadesc@gmail.com

@PlatDESC_Es

 

 

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