This submission outlines the key concerns and recommendations of the Institute for Economic Justice, SECTION27 and CESR on the occasion of South Africa’s review before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It explores in detail the State party’s obligation under Article 2(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to take steps making use of “maximum available resources”. The submission argues that the austerity measures the South African government is undertaking present a threat to economic, social and cultural rights.

The concluding observations of the Committee can be downloaded here.