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Shadow report to South Africa's first periodic State Report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

To be presented at the 38th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Banjul - The Gambia

21 November - 5 December 2005

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Prepared by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Socio-economic rights project, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Lawyers for Human Rights, Central and Gauteng Mental Health Society, Gauteng Children's Rights Committee, Community Law and Rural Development Centre

Table of contents:

  1. Late submission of report
  2. Inaccessibility of and lack of civil society involvement in preparation of periodic report
  3. Report outdated
  4. Lack of continuous dialogue
  5. Lack of realisation of socio-economic rights:
    1. Introduction
    2. Lack of implementation of court orders involving socio-economic rights
    3. Article 16 - Right to the highest attainable state of physical and mental health
    4. Article 17 - Right to education
    5. Lack of implementation of social grants

  6. HIV and AIDS
  7. Children
  8. Sexual violence against women in South Africa
  9. Treatment of people with disability, particularly those on wheelchairs
  10. Mentally disabled
  11. Detainees and conditions of detention
  12. Detention of "illegal immigrants"
  13. Matters arising from ratification of the Protocol establishing an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
  14. Reservations to the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa

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