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Seminar: Stakeholders unpack state obligations under the ICESCR - 28 March 2014
Author: calitz
Published: Mar 28, 2014

On 28 March 2014, the Community Law Centre hosted a seminar on states’ obligations in relation to implementation and reporting under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and its Optional Protocol. Since the announcement in October 2012 that South Africa would ratify the ICESCR, which it signed on 3 October 1994, civil society has followed with interest the events that have unfolded. In this regard, the seminar had two main objective was to discuss the ICESCR and OP-ICESCR with stakeholders who would enrich the policy debates at parliamentary and political party levels and at the community level. In his opening remarks the director of the Community Law Centre, Prof Jaap de Visser, recalled how the civil society campaign to advocate for the ratification of the ICESCR was ‘born’ in response to government’s failure to do so, despite having signed it in 1994. The campaign engages in several activities, including holding strategy meetings and engaging with Parliament, government and state institutions (through letters and meetings). He highlighted the importance of state accountability, especially by office bearers.

Report of UN Special Rapporteur on poverty on unpaid caregivers
Author: jacob
Published: Feb 27, 2014

In the present report unpaid care work is positioned as a major human rights issue. Focusing on women caregivers, particularly those living in poverty, the Special Rapporteur argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are a major barrier to gender equality and to women’s equal enjoyment of human rights, and, in many cases, condemn women to poverty. Therefore, the failure of States to adequately provide, fund, support and regulate care contradicts their human rights obligations, by creating and exacerbating inequalities and threatening women’s rights enjoyment. The report analyses the relationship between unpaid care and poverty, inequality and women’s human rights; clarifies the human rights obligations of States with regard to unpaid care; and finally provides recommendations to States on how to recognize, value, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work. Ultimately, it argues that State policies should position care as a social and collective responsibility, in particular through improving women’s access to public services, care services and infrastructure.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre
Author: jacob
Published: Jan 27, 2014

Extension of Date for Submissions on Women Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill to 16 January 2016

CLC WEGE Bill submission
Author: jacob
Published: Jan 27, 2014

Submission to the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill

ESR Review Vol. 14 No. 3
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: Nov 04, 2013

This issue of the ESR Review coincides with the celebration of Human Rights Day in Africa on 21 October, which commemorates the coming into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter).

ACERWC-22OS-CLC-Statement
Author: jacob
Published: Nov 04, 2013

The Director of the Community Law Centre, Prof Jaap de Visser, presented a statement at the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd Session of the ACERWC.

ESR Review no. 2 of 2013
Author: jacob
Published: Oct 15, 2013

This is the second issue of the ESR Review in 2013, which recognises and applauds the important role that the youth and women play in our country.

Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty And Human Rights (In Portuguese)
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 16, 2013

The document(IN PORTUGUESE) , submitted pursuant to resolution 15/19 of the Human Rights Council, provides the final draft of the guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, which has been prepared by the Special Rapporteur on the basis of consultations with States and other stakeholders since the initiation of the original drafting process in 2001. Annex I contains an overview of the process followed to develop the guiding principles, while annex II provides a list of relevant resolutions and documents.

Etienne Mutabazi
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

South Sudan Permanent Constitution

Eric Opiyo
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Limits on State Power-Examining the Roles of Independent Commission

Chilemba EM
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Constitution-building Conference paper_1

SAUDA NABUKENYA
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Final paper for Conference

Linda Musumba
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Paper - SA Conference - 02.09.2013_2

Justin Ngambu Wanki
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Majoritarian democracy in Cameroon (Revised)

Davison Muchadenyika
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

- The Inevitable Devolution in Zimbabwe’s Constitution making process

Brian Dennison
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

University of Western Cape PQD Sept 1 Draft_1

Assefa Fiseha
Author: jacob
Published: Sep 04, 2013

Legislative executive relations