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Human Dignity is strengthening the participation of national NGOs before regional and international human rights protection mechanisms so that they can better monitor the respect for economic, social and cultural rights at the national level. 

The effective participation of national NGOs in the human rights monitoring process by the United Nations and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is paramount. African and international mechanisms that periodically review the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights recognize the key role of NGOs in transmitting information and participating in their sessions. 

To this end, Human Dignity:

  • PROVIDES TECHNICAL SUPPORT to NATIONAL NGOs in the drafting and submission of information and alternative reports to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the UN Human Rights Council other relevant mechanisms.

The purpose of alternative reports is to raise awareness on the measures taken at the national level to realise economic, social and cultural rights. Above all, alternative reports promote change by ensuring that the concluding observations and recommendations to governments made by the Committee/African Commission reflect the current situation of a particular country. These recommendations, in turn, provide the basis for action for NGOs and other actors, including National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), to improve the respect, protection and realisation of human rights on a national level.

Strengthening the capacity of NGOs to prepare alternative reports for submission to United Nations Treaty Bodies or the African Commission in connection with their review of a State party respect for human rights has been shown to be a powerful tool in helping committees better understand the situation in the country and in formulating well targeted recommendations. 

  • FACILITATES AND COORDINATES NGO PARTICIPATION IN SESSIONS OF AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS

We support our partners' trips to Geneva and Banjul so that they can present their concerns.

We notably organise private briefings with expert members of the Committee on ESC rights and the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

  • SUPPORTS NGOs IN IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THESE MECHANISMS

Through follow-up of the recommendations adopted by the Committee on ESC rights and the African Commission, Human Dignity and its partners monitor the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

To this end, Human Dignity and its partners carry out joint follow up missions in States recently reviewed by these mechanisms. We meet with civil society, representatives of national authorities and human rights institutions as well as people directly affected by violations of economic, social and cultural rights.

Together with national partners, we draft follow-up report outlining the progress and further efforts to be made to fully implement economic, social and cultural rights.

 

For more information on the main mechanisms monitoring the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights, click HERE