CLC Parliamentary Programme
The CLC is part of the Law Faculty at the University of the Western Cape. It was established in 1990 under the leadership of the late Advocate Dullah Omar. The CLC is founded on the belief that our constitutional order must promote good governance, socio-economic development and the protection of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Based on high quality research, the CLC engages in policy development, advocacy and education.
The CLC focuses on areas critical to the realisation of human rights and democracy in South Africa and Africa in general. The CLC currently runs four projects these are the Children’s Rights Project, the Socio-economic Rights Project; the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative and the State Peace and Human Security Project. In addition the CLC has a strong history of research relating to women’s rights.
In 2010 the CLC received funding from the European Union to introduce a Parliamentary Programme to strengthen advocacy efforts of the CLC. The CLC Parliamentary Programme has three broad aims. These are to promote constitutional rights through entrenching international human rights law (IHRL) obligations; to strengthen parliamentary oversight of government on the realisation of human rights for people in South Africa; and to deepen democracy through creating opportunities for people in civil society to interact with parliaments.
The programme will focus its efforts on four areas of human rights, these are: Poverty and socio-economic rights; children’s rights; women’s rights; and the rights of persons deprived of their liberty.
Within these broad areas we will further focus our attention on particular campaigns, these campaigns are linked to the CLC’s area of expertise. The current campaign areas have been identified.
Cross-cutting issues, including promoting the rights of people affected by HIV, the rights of persons with disabilities and addressing discrimination on the grounds of sexuality will be integrated into our campaigns.
We will target our efforts at the National Assembly, National Council of Provinces and the Western Cape Provincial Legislature.