The author argues that, when one turns to the subject of South Africa’s state reporting in relation to international human rights law, three issues consistently come to light: delays in the submission of reports; problems with their content; and lack of consultation in their development.

To address these issues the author supports the establishment of a governmental-civil society forum to "provide the basis both for constructive dialogue and greater coordination in how civil society engages with the international and regional human rights system."

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