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Communications sent since 2014

All communications issued after 1 June 2016 and replies from States received after 1 August 2016 are available in the searchable electronic database at: https://spcommreports.ohchr.org/

Communications are confidential until they are published in the joint communications report three to six months after they are transmitted to the concerned Governments.  Allegation letters are identified with (AL), urgent appeal with (UA), and other communications with (OTH). Several communications are addressed jointly with other Special procedure mandates, and are therefore joint communications, identified with as JAL or JUA.

Below is a list of communications issued by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights between June 2014 and 31 May 2016, organised in a chronological order. It contains only those communications that have been published in the joint communications report of special procedures mandate holders.

Country

Date

Type of comm and ref.

Summary of the allegations transmitted
(original language)

Reply from State

Published in report

Spain

09/05/2016

JAL
ESP 3/2016

Presuntas violaciones de los derechos humanos a la vivienda, al agua y al saneamiento, a la salud, a la educación y a la alimentación de miembros de una comunidad romaní, habitantes de un asentamiento informal conocido como “El Gallinero” en Madrid.

19/07/2016

A/HRC/33/32

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

08/04/2016

JAL
GBR 1/2016

Alleged negative impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Act on the human rights of persons living in poverty, particularly children, large families, single parents and persons with disabilities.

14/07/2016

A/HRC/33/32

United States of America

05/04/2016

JAL
USA 2/2016

Alleged violations of the human rights of residents of Flint, Michigan, in the context of lead contamination of its water, including the rights to adequate housing, water and sanitation, and non-discrimination.

 

A/HRC/33/32

Colombia

11/03/2016

JUA
COL 2/2016

Allegations of individual human rights violations as well as specific concerns particularly affecting the Afro-Colombian community in the municipality of Buenaventura, Valle de Cauca Department, Colombia, caused by violence inflicted by organised criminal groups.

 

A/HRC/33/32

Guatemala

19/02/2016

JAL
GTM1/2016

Carta enviada a las autoridades de Guatemala con el fin de alentar a las nuevas autoridades a cumplir con cuatro sentencias centrales al derecho a la alimentación del Juzgado de Niñez y Adolescencia del Departamento de Zacapa, del 2013.

10/05/2016

A/HRC/32/53; A/HRC/33/32 (reply)

Netherlands

25/02/2016

JAL
NLD1/2016

Follow-up letter regarding the failure to provide emergency assistance to homeless migrants in an irregular situation. The previous communication was sent to the Government of the Netherlands on 12 December 2014, see A/HRC/29/50, case no. NLD 1/2014. For the response of the Government of the Netherlands of 9 July 2015 to communication NLD 1/2014, see A/HRC/31/79.

 

A/HRC/32/53

Australia

13/01/2016

JAL
AUS 9/2015

Allegations concerning the negative impact of termination of accounts of Somali money transfer operators (MTOs) by commercial banks in Australia on the human rights of Somali-Australians and people living in Somalia who are dependent on remittances from Australia. Related communications were sent to the Governments of Somalia, the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America on 13 January 2016, see case nos. SOM 2/2015, GBR 5/2015 and USA 21/2015.

17/03/2016

A/HRC/32/53

Somalia

13/01/2016

JAL
SOM2/2015

Allegations concerning the negative impact of termination of accounts of Somali money transfer operators (MTOs) by commercial banks in diaspora countries on the human rights of people living in Somalia who are dependent on remittances from these countries. Related communications were sent to the Governments of Australia, the United States of America and the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 13 January 2016, see case no. AUS 9/2015, and below case nos. GBR 5/2015 and USA 21/2015.

 

A/HRC/32/53

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

13/01/2016

JAL
GBR5/2015

Allegations concerning the negative impact of termination of accounts of Somali money transfer operators (MTOs) by commercial banks in the United Kingdom on the human rights of Somali-Britons and people living in Somalia who are dependent on remittances from the United Kingdom. Related communications were sent to the Governments of Australia, Somalia and the United States of America on 13 January 2016, see case nos. AUS 9/2015 and SOM 2/2015, and below, case no. USA 21/2015.

24/03/2016

A/HRC/32/53

United States of America

13/01/2016

JAL
USA21/2015

Allegations concerning the negative impact of termination of accounts of Somali money transfer operators (MTOs) by commercial banks in the United States on the human rights of Somali-Americans and people living in Somalia who are dependent on remittances from the United States. Related communications were sent to the Governments of Australia, Somalia and the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 13 January 2016, see case nos. AUS 9/2015, SOM 2/2015 and GBR 5/2015.

13/05/2016

A/HRC/32/53; A/HRC/33/32 (reply)

Bahrain

30/10/2015

JAL
BHR 6/2015

Alleged patterns of continuous discrimination against Shia citizens, including through cultural, economic, educational and social government policies in Bahrain since 2011. See related communications A/HRC/18/51, case no. BHR 8/2011, and on 29 November 2012, see A/HRC/23/51, case no. BHR 12/2012.

25/12/2015
01/02/2016

A/HRC/31/79;  A/HRC/32/53 (reply)

Other
(UN Secretary General)

23/10/2015

JAL
OTH 7/2015

Follow-up letter concerning the cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010, which urges the United Nations to provide the victims with access to a transparent, independent and impartial mechanism to review and decide on their claims in order to ensure adequate reparation. The first letter transmitted on 25 September 2014 is included in A/HRC/28/85, see case no. HTI 3/2014.

25/02/2016

A/HRC/31/79; A/HRC/32/53 (reply)

Republic of Moldova

28/05/2015

JAL
MDA 3/2015

 

Alleged failure to fully implement the Moldova Roma Community Action Plan to place 48 Roma community mediators in 44 communities in accordance with the recommendations of the former Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights following her country visit to Moldova in September 2013.

03/08/2015

A/HRC/30/27

United States of America

15/05/2015

JAL
USA 11/2015

Alleged large-scale disconnection of water services in the city of Baltimore, disproportionally affecting human rights of poor African-American or Black households.

16/07/2015

A/HRC/30/27

Other
(Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe)

12/02/2015
                                   

JAL
OTH 2/2015

Letter addressed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe concerning two recent decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) which found that the Netherlands had violated various provisions of the European Social Charter (Charter) by failing to provide adequate access to emergency assistance to irregular migrants.

 

A/HRC/29/50

Guatemala

12/02/2015

JUA
GTM
1/2015
                            

 

Alegaciones de la aprobación de varios Acuerdos Gubernamentales (471 a 474/ 2014)  que supondrían la reducción del salario mínimo que afectaría el derecho a un nivel de vida adecuado, incluyendo alimentación, vestido y vivienda, de trabajadores de la industria de la manufactura.

13/03/2015

A/HRC/29/50

Netherlands

 

12/12/2014

JUA
NLD 1/2014

 

Allegations concerning the failure of the Government of the Netherlands to provide emergency assistance to homeless irregular migrants.

04/02/2015  09/07/2015

 

A/HRC/29/50

Argentina

20/08/2014

JAL
ARG 2/2014

Letter concerning the human rights impact of United States Court orders relating to “vulture fund” litigation between investment funds and Argentina. Similar letters were sent to the Government of the United States of America on 20 August 2014, see case no. USA 15/2014 below, and to NML Capital Ltd on 20 August 2014, see case no. OTH 10/2014 below.

20/10/2014

A/HRC/28/85

Other

(NML Capital Ltd)

20/08/2014

JAL
OTH 10/2014

Letter concerning the human rights impact of United States Court orders relating to “vulture fund” litigation between investment funds and Argentina. Similar letters were sent to the Government of Argentina on 20 August 2014, see case no. ARG 2/2014 above, and to the Government of the United States of America on 20 August 2014, see case no. USA 10/2014 below.

 

A/HRC/28/85

United States of America           

20/08/2014

JAL
USA
 15/2014

Letter concerning the human rights impact of United States Court orders relating to “vulture fund” litigation between investment funds and Argentina. Similar letters were sent to the Government of Argentina on 20 August 2014, see case no. ARG 2/2014 above, and to NML Capital Ltd on 20 August 2014, see case no. OTH 10/2014 above.

14/10/2014

A/HRC/28/85

United States of America

24/06/2014

JUA
USA 9/2014

Allegations of unjustified disconnections of water services in Detroit, potentially affecting some 30,000 households.

17/10/2014

A/HRC/28/85