This edition of the Quarterly (Vol. 5 No. 2) contains an article on a groundbreaking decision from the European Committee of Social Rights under the Revised European Social Charter in the case of FEANTSA v France regarding ensuring the effective exercise of the right to housing contained in Article 31 of the Revised Charter. A second article focuses on the text of an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Optional Protocol includes a number of relevant provisions concerning protection mechanisms, including an individual complaint mechanism, an inter-State mechanism and an inquiry procedure.
In addition, the Quarterly contains a case note concerning a Dutch Court decision on the right to water, whereby the Court disallowed the disconnection of water supply because such a measure would frustrate the defendant’s right to water. Furthermore, in contains two interesting cases to watch. First, there is a case before the South African Constitutional Court regarding the displacement of residents of the Joe Slovo informal settlement as a result an infrastructure project near Cape Town. Second, COHRE has filed a collective complaint under the European Social Charter mechanism alleging the systematic failure by Croatia to remedy housing rights abuses of ethnic Serbs displaced in Croatia.