About us

The Social Rights Tracker is a secure online watchdog platform for collecting and documenting testimonies of situations where social and economic rights, dignity of any person or group of people, are violated.

The platform provides a safe and confidential channel for civil society organisations and grassroots movements, committed to human rights and dignity, to report and publish fact-checked information on cases of violations covered by the Revised European Social Charter.

The Tracker is also a place to highlight good practices from NGOs, academic institutions, institutional bodies, as well as stories where, through solidarity and support for advocacy, injustices against people’s social and economic rights are successfully and rightfully challenged and overcome.

Project conducted by the Committee “Action for Social Rights

Social Rights Tracker – how it works?

Restrictions on social and economic rights of individuals and groups, including civil society organizations, erodes democracy. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Russian war on Ukraine, and global economic and ecological crises, we have witnessed a rise in violations of social and economic rights of people and NGOs representing them, often disproportionately hitting those finding themselves in vulnerable situations.

By sending an alert, concerned stakeholders can contribute to the Social Rights Tracker to give visibility to situations and context that either undermine or indeed reinforce respect for social and economic rights, considered in an integrated human rights perspective.

To determine the most effective response and to recommend action, the alerts gather factual, accurate and timely information on the structural patterns and trends affecting social and economic rights of persons, groups and civil society organisations in the Council of Europe and EU member states.

The Social Rights Tracker is an online collaborative tracking platform led by the civil society organizations, set up by the Committee “Action for Social Rights” of the Conference of INGOs, with support from the INGO Service Association and THE JOINT RESEARCH UNIT ON LAW, RELIGION, ENTERPRISE AND SOCIETY (UMR 7354 DRES), UNIVERSITY OF STRASBOURG (tbc).

Our objectives

To support civil society’s contribution to the development of global Agenda 2030 and to social policy at national and international level: considering the resources allocated to civil society functioning, resources available for development of civil society capacity, its independence and long-term involvement in the design, implementation, and monitoring of social policy.

To support and facilitate dialogue between civil society and policy makers, governing bodies to make social and economic progress that empowers citizens and especially persons in vulnerable situations, to meaningfully engage and participate in public debate, policy, and law-making process.

To promote civil society’s responses and analyse existing and future challenges for democracy, fundamental rights, and wellbeing of all.

To contribute to establishing and maintaining a conducive political, legal, and cultural landscape for social and economic rights in Europe, strengthening stakeholder understanding of the role of civil society in influencing public policies agenda in building trust and local, national, and international solidarity.

To strengthen the integrated approach to human rights and to respect fundamental rights and freedoms: a supportive legal and regulatory framework, the social, economic, cultural rights, the rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly, public participation and expression, and its effective implementation in the field of social and economic policies.

Send us an encrypted Alert!

If you are a civil society organisation or an independent body and wish to report problems encountered in the access to, and exercise, of social and economic rights of persons or groups, you can send us the relevant information through this secure online form. You can also use the form to highlight good practices which reinforce respect for social and economic rights, considered in an integrated human rights perspective.