Monitoring and advocacy for respect of human rights by the Southern African (SADC) human rights organisations and groups appear very weak at the United Nations Human Rights Council. This is evidenced in the formal and informal gatherings of the HRC. There are many reasons for this lack of visibility but skills, capacity and resources are attributable to this gap. HURISA attends the sessions of HRC to advocate for change in the situation of human rights from the grassroots. Monitoring at HRC is very critical to ensure that South Africa uses its human rights record to change human rights situations in the globe. This is done by engaging South African officials at UN and domestically on recommendations for redevelopment of resolutions and human rights policies to end discrimination on the ground of sex and gender. Our lobbying skills are been sharpened to contribute constructively in the programme of the HRC. HURISA organises strategies interventions with HRDs and contributes in joint submissions of NGOs in the UPR processes.
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