——Southern Province Permanent Secretary, Bernard Namachila, says the State Party Reporting Process is one that is composed of interlinked phases which are aimed at ensuring the effective and coordinated implementation of a country’s human rights obligations.
Mr Namachila says the process involves periodic preparation of reports by the state party, comprehensive national consultations on the contents of these reports, submission of reports to the relevant treaty body and consideration of the reports by the treaty body based on constructive
dialogue with the state party.
He said this yesterday in a speech read on his behalf by Livingstone District Commissioner, Omar Munsanje, at the official opening of the consultative workshop on the preparation of State Party reports under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) at Cross Roads Lodge in Livingstone.
Mr Namachila explained that the consultative process is a continuous one aimed at following the State Party to ensure it meets its obligations by implementing the relevant human rights treaties while at the same time reviewing the progress made through such forums.
"The State Party reporting cycle, which has been elucidated above, has served as a mirror through which we have been able to see and ask ourselves what we have achieved and also to identify areas where we have failed in the protection of human rights," he said.
He noted that the juncture was not only an opportunity for the ministry of justice to collect information for inclusion into the subject reports but also an opportunity for stakeholders to review Zambia’s human rights situation so that any pertinent issues identified will enable the team to improve the record on human rights.