oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Promoting socio-economic rights in South Africa through the ratification and implementation of the ICESCR and its Optional Protocol : feature

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The effective implementation of socio-economic rights not only requires the recognition of these rights as justiciable or enforceable rights and the development and implementation of policies to give effect to them at the national level. It also necessitates the ratification and implementation of international treaties. This underlines the need to consider the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966 (ICESCR), and its Optional Protocol, 2008 (OP-ICESCR), in augmenting domestic efforts. The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child, for instance, has stated that the ratification of the ICESCR would strengthen the efforts of South Africa to meet its obligations in guaranteeing the rights of all children under its jurisdiction (Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa, UN doc. CRC/C/15/Add.122, para 11).

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