2013 Study to Audit and Monitor Compliance and Implementation of Protocols, Conventions and Decisions of the AU Member States South Africa

"This Report has illustrated that South Africa has developed one of the most progressive legislative frameworks to protect citizens’ rights, in particular political, economic and social rights, as well as the rights of women, people with disabilities, children and indigenous people. South Africa also strongly supports citizens’ rights in relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Great progress has been made in the conservation of the environment, and towards ensuring that all citizens benefit from the use of the country’s natural resources. Complementing this, South Africa has ratified regional mechanisms aimed at strengthening sustainable democracy and socio-economic rights entrenched in the South African Constitution by adopting and ratifying agreements such as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol); the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child; the African Charter on Elections, Democracy and Governance; the African Youth Charter; and the Protocol Establishing the African Court."