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Conference Information Pack
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 19, 2013

This contains a few suggestions for accommodation and transport as well as other general information regarding Cape Town.

Accommodation and Transport Guide
Author: jacob
Published: Jul 18, 2013

This is a general information pack which contains a few suggestions for accommodation and transport as well as other general information regarding Cape Town.

ESR Review Volume 14, No. 1, 2013
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: Jul 12, 2013

This first issue of the ESR Review for 2013 focuses on the Millennium Development Goals. As they draw near, recent debate has focused on the post-­2015 agenda.

Penalisation of Poverty (2011)
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 24, 2013

The report analyses several laws, regulations and practices that punish, segregate, control and undermine the autonomy of persons living in poverty. Such measures have been adopted with increasing frequency over the past three decades, intensifying in recent years owing to the economic and financial crises, and now represent a serious threat to the enjoyment of human rights by persons living in poverty. The ways in which States and social forces penalise those living in poverty are interconnected and multidimensional, and cannot be analysed in isolation.

Access to justice (2012)
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 24, 2013

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights analyses the obstacles to access to justice for persons living in poverty. Access to justice is a fundamental right in itself and essential for the protection and promotion of all other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Without effective and affordable access to justice, persons living in poverty are denied the opportunity to claim their rights or challenge crimes, abuses or human rights violations committed against them.

Participation of persons living in poverty (2013)
Author: jacob
Published: Jun 24, 2013

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights focuses on the right to participation of people living in poverty. Participation is a basic human right in itself, a precondition or catalyst for the realisation and enjoyment of other human rights, and of fundamental importance in empowering people living in poverty to tackle inequalities and asymmetries of power in society.

Press Release: Socio-economic rights optional protocol heralds a new dawn in the enforcement of these rights - 3 May 2013
Author: calitz
Published: May 03, 2013

The coming into force today of the OP-ICESCR marks the beginning of a new dawn in the enforcement of socio-economic rights at the international level, with consequential positive impacts at the national level. According to Prof. Lilian Chenwi, Associate Professor at the Wits School of Law, the OP-ICESCR “would encourage State parties to ensure more effective local remedies for socio-economic rights violations”. The Campaign for South Africa’s Ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, joins other civil society groups and human rights advocates across the world in celebrating the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).

Call for Papers: Constitution-making in Africa
Author: jacob
Published: Apr 23, 2013

The Multi-Level Government Initiative and the Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre (University of the Western Cape), together with the South African Research Chair on Multi-Level Government, Law & Policy are pleased to announce a conference on “Constitution-making in Africa”.

Article 40, Volume 40, Number 3 - December 2012
Author: UWC CLC Children's Rights Project
Published: Dec 14, 2012

This last issue of 2012 includes articles on the second year of implementation of the Child Justice Act and developments in neurological science and criminal capacity.

ESR Review, Volume 13 No 3, 2012
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: Dec 14, 2012

The third issue of the ESR Review focusses on the impact of corruption within Africa that contributes to poverty and unemployment and denial of access to housing and health-care services. There are also summaries of recent developments on socio-economic rights across the world.

Press Release: South Africa to ratify international socio-economic rights covenant - 12 October 2012
Author: calitz
Published: Oct 12, 2012

South African Human Rights Groups welcome Cabinet’s approval of South Africa’s ratification of the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Almost eighteen years after the South African government signed the ICESCR, Cabinet has approved that South Africa will ratify the ICESCR. This important decision to ratify, which means that the ICESCR will be legally binding, was included in a statement issued yesterday on Cabinet’s ordinary meeting held in Pretoria on 10 October 2012. The Cabinet statement describes how the ICESCR is a “key international treaty which seeks to encourage State Parties to address challenges of inequality, unemployment and poverty, which are critical to the strategic goals of governments.”

Country Visit: Namibia
Author: calitz
Published: Oct 08, 2012

The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights carried out a mission to the Republic of Namibia from 1 to 8 October 2012, in accordance with Human Rights Council resolutions 8/11 and 17/13. In the present report she presents her findings and recommendations regarding the protection and promotion of the rights of people living in poverty and social exclusion in Namibia.

ESR Review, Volume 13 No 2, 2012
Author: Socio-Economic Rights Project
Published: Sep 26, 2012

This second issue of 2012 focusses on monitoring of state performance relating to the realisation of social and economic rights using the Social and Economic Rights Fulfilment Index, an interview with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and updates on the recent ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers 2011, and the International Labour Organisation Social Protection Floors Recommendation 2012.