Volume: Volume 2(2) - 1998
Article type: Refereed article
Author/s: Pillay, Karrisha
With regard to the enforcement of socio-economic rights, the monitoring role of the South African Human Rights Commission is termed 'soft" enforcement. Karrisha Pillay explores the scope of this task by analysing the definition of a "relevant organ of state" that must report to the HRC.
An "organ of state" includes all spheres of government and statutory bodies exercising a public power, whereas the term "relevant" confines the reporting duty to those organs which are principallly responsible for the realisation of socio-economic rights. Pillay proposes an approach to identifying such organs and discusses broader challenges facing the HRC in this context.