No Human Rights Reporting To The UN By SA Government In 16 Years

South Africa is said to have not submitted a report to the UN's Human Rights Committee since ratifying various relevant conventions in 1998.

This coming from a country that is globally celebrated for overcoming one of biggest human rights violations of our time - the apartheid system.

The University of the Western Cape's Professor Lukas Muntingh:

There are treaties like the UN Convention Against Torture or the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. If the state ratifies that treaty, they are obligated to report on a regular basis to that committee that oversees implementation and compliance with that particular treaty. We signed many of these treaties in the late 1990's and we've failed to send reports on many of them - the only one we're up to date with is the treaty on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Muntingh expands on how this lack of compliance reflects on South Africa:

The general rule is, it's better to submit a bad or an incomplete report than to submit nothing. I think it's terribly embarrassing for us as a country, because it indicates a level of disregard for the international human rights system.


This article first appeared on 702 : No Human Rights Reporting To The UN By SA Government In 16 Years


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