Seminar on South Africa's Reporting on International Obligations
On 22 September 2010, the Parliamentary Programme hosted a seminar entitled: Promoting Constitutional Rights through International Human Rights Law - The State of South Africa's State Reporting
The first Seminar of the Community Law Centre Parliamentary Programme. Panelists included Judge Jody Kollapen, Dr. Lilian Chenwi and Ms. Berber Hettinga.
The aim of this paper is to outline South Africa’s reporting obligations and to provide an update of its reporting status under core international human rights treaties at the United Nations (UN) and African regional levels. The paper examines the obligations under these, emphasising those that it has ratified as well as relevant optional protocols. It also considers South Africa’s reporting obligations and status under other mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Before considering the status of South Africa’s reporting, the paper sets out the objectives of state reporting in relation to treaties, and the general guidelines on reporting. Treaty-specific guidelines are further considered for each treaty. The objectives of the UPR and APRM are also stated. The paper further considers the role of other actors, such as National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and parliament, in the reporting process. The paper ends with a conclusion, including recommendations on improving compliance with South Africa’s reporting obligations. The information contained in the paper is as at 15 September 2010.
South Africa's Reporting Track record on the implementation of International and Regional Human Rights Instruments, Treaties.
Presentation on the South African Human Rights Commission Treaty Body Monitoring Toolkit. A presentation by Ms. Anthea Van Der Burg, of the South African Human Rights Commission. (SAHRC)
The State of the South African State reporting to United Nations Treaty Monitoring Bodies: Presentation by Dr. Lilian Chenwi, Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Socio- Economic Rights Project.(SERP) The State of South African State Reporting to African Union Treaty Bodies, Presentation by Ms. Berber Hettinga, Doctoral Researcher at the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative. (CSPRI)
Samantha Waterhouse, Coordinator of the Community Law Centre, Parliamentary Programme, presentation on the Community Law Centre Parliamentary Programme.