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ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Volume 6, Issue 1, 2005
Volume 6, Issue 1, 2005
Author Sibonile KhozaSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 6, pp 1 –2 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... Editorial Sibonile Khoza Economic and Social Rights in South Africa Welcome to the first issue of the ESR Review for 2005. We plan to produce four issues this year. This issue contains four articles and a book review. The feature article by Kevin Iles analyses the emerging trend towards private sector involvement in the provision of basic services. He contends that it is mostly this trend (among others) that has influenced South Africa's move towards policies and laws encouraging private sector involvement in service delivery. This move, though, raises numerous concerns for various stakeholders. For example, he warns that private ..
Author Kevin IlesSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 6, pp 2 –5 (2005)More Less
Basic services in South Africa have typically been plagued by a large backlog in payments. Despite some significant steps forward since 1994, in many rural and township areas substantial proportions of the population still have little or no access to basic services. For those that do receive a service in these areas, its quality is often low.
Socio-economic rights in the draft Constitution of Kenya : prospects for their judicial enforcement : international developmentsAuthor Godfrey OdongoSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 6, pp 5 –9 (2005)More Less
Division in the UN over a complaints procedure for socio-economic rights. New Zealand's reluctance to take sides : international developmentsAuthor Anthony RavlichSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 6, pp 9 –12 (2005)More Less
At the recent United Nations (UN) open-ended working group meeting (OEWG), New Zealand maintained its distance from the American camp, which is opposed to the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Optional Protocol) providing for a complaints procedure for violations of economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights). It is envisaged that the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) will have the competence to receive and determine these complaints once domestic remedies have been exhausted.
Assessing the human rights impact of foreign investments : emerging tools : international developmentsAuthor Gabrielle WatsonSource: ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa 6, pp 12 –15 (2005)More Less
Globalisation has highlighted diverse inadequacies in the mechanisms for protecting and enforcing human rights. Non-state actors such as private corporations, multilateral institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the European Union (EU), and international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have increasingly usurped some of the functions of states. There is therefore a need for a broader human rights framework that acknowledges the increasing influence of non-state actors on vital international and domestic socio-economic policies.