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Country Reports

Most Conventions have stipulated within them a requirement that States Parties submit regular reports to the Committee on the legislative, judicial, administrative, policy or other measures which they have adopted, and which give effect to the provisions of the treaty. The international obligation to report on treaty-obligations is an important responsibility as it evidences the country’s commitment to the global effort to protect and promote human rights. However this requires that a state have in place legislative, administrative and other measures which are in line with and in promotion of the norms of the specific treaty the country has aligned itself to. In adhering to the regular reporting schedule required by the International UN bodies a country then gets the opportunity to assess its compliance or lack thereof with its international obligations through the drafting of the country report.

Country reporting is an important obligation in that it evidences the country’s commitment to human rights and it also serves as a moderating tool to assess the country’s compliance with its international obligations and how far it has progressed in implementing human rights.

All country reports are in PDF PDF format.

Treaties and Bilateral agreements

MLA Agreements


  • The ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other cruel, Inhuman or degrading Treatment and or Punishment (OPCAT) in terms of section 231(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act (Act no 108 of 1996). The optional protocol focuses entirely on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in places of detention through the establishment of mechanisms which will undertake site visits to places of detention in order to prevent and eradicate torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.