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From 22-25 July, 31 member representatives from 17 countries met in Durban, South Africa, organized with Abahlali baseMjondolo and the ...

Every year on 27 April, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to commemorate the end of the apartheid regime. On that date in 1994, the country’s first non-racial national elections allowed for the participation of everyone over 18 years old, of any race.

On April 22, the social movement...

ESCR-Net’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021) calls on the Network to “counter growing repression, reinforcing the credibility and capacity of human rights defenders and connecting reprisals to underlying ESCR issues.” In the past few months, ESCR-Net has taken several steps in pursuit of this goal....

ESCR-Net Member, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), contributed a to the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN)’s annual report, Navigating...

Developed by an ESCR-Net Member

The Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), recently published a report on BRICS, an acronym for a political/...

Developed by an ESCR-Net Member

On 28 and 29 June 2017, the Dullah Omar Institute, with the help of funding from the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), hosted a...

Constitutional Court case focused on judicial oversight of debt recovery practices in South Africa

The applicants were low-income workers who had obtained small loans from a loan company. When they later became unable to keep up with loan repayments, the company demanded that they sign further documents which resulted in default judgments and emoluments attachment orders (EAOs) being obtained by credit providers, from clerks of magistrates’ courts located far away from where the applicants reside and work, making it very difficult to oppose these orders. In some instances, their signatures that enabled the credit provider to obtain the EAOs were forged.