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The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.

 

 

Latest Publications


  • Refugees Digest 29 In the first weeks of July, 180 civil society organizations found agreement on some of the principles that should frame the Global Compact on Migration. This agreement came ahead of the sixth and final round of talks on the Compact, which took place in New York. The protection of children, family unification, and a plea ...
  • Submission on the Draft Immigration Amendment Bill The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office welcomes the draft amendments to the Immigration Act of 2002.
  • BP 458: Lawfare Are South African political actors too quick to ask the country’s judges to referee their disputes? Ordinarily, in a stable and orderly democracy, it is highly desirable that people, and the parties and factions that they constitute, should ‘go the legal route’ rather than settle their differences by force, or bribery, or by any of ...
  • Response: Civil Society & The Global Compact on Migration On 9th July, 180 civil society groups active in the field of migration issued a joint statement ahead of the sixth and final round of discussions on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), due to take place in New York. This followed 18 months of negotiation stressing the need for states to adopt a comprehensive ...

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • Climate Change & Food Security: The Impact on Rural Women, 16 August 2018 Agriculture is central to the livelihood of women in rural areas. Compared to their male and urban- women counterparts, women in rural areas often lack equitable access to services and assets; and their voices and needs are seldom prioritised.
  • The 2019 General Elections: Will we be ready for it? 17 August 2018 Next year’s election promises to be one of the most significant since 1994. Early opinion polls suggest that the ANC is regaining some of its lost support, while the DA may be giving up some of its voters and the EFF is effectively standing still.
  • Prisoners on Remand, 25 July 2018 Prisoners on remand are those who have been arrested, have been refused or cannot afford bail, and are awaiting the start or completion of their trial. One third of the country’s total prison population are on remand. Excessively long detention and the conditions in which awaiting trial prisoners are kept impacts profoundly on their psycho-social ...
  • Prostitution/Sex Work: Is it work and is it a choice? 21 June 2018 Together with Embrace Dignity and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, we held a Roundtable Discussion on Prostitution/Sex Work on 21st June. In May 2017, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Michael Masutha, released the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Report on Project 107 – Adult Prostitution.  The Report advocated the complete criminalization of prostitution. ...