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Short Update: Greek Bar Associations file complaint against Greece under European Social Charter over insufficient social support

FairTrialsAdmin - June 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Access to a lawyer

Greek Bar Associations have filed a collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights alleging a violation of Articles 11 (the right to protection of health), Article 13 (right to social and medical assistance), Article 16 (the right of the family to social, legal and economic protection), Article 17 (the right of children and young persons to social, legal and economic protection), Article 30 (the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion), Article 31 (2) (the right to housing) and Article E (non-discrimination). The Greek Bar Associations argue that by excluding lawyers from social support given to all “non-scientist” self-employed who were recognized as “affected” by the COVID-19 pandemic or providing inferior and inadequate social protection to them than to all other affected professional groups, has deprived lawyers of their right to work, to work in a safe environment, to the protection of their health, to social security, to social assistance, to benefit from social welfare services, to social, legal, and economic protection for their families, to social, legal, and economic protection for their children, and their right to housing in breach of the European Charter of Social Rights. 

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