HOLDING GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT A GUIDE TO SHADOW REPORTING ON ECONOMIC SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
These shadow reports do bring local voices to the international forum, and can gain the support of the CESCR’s international experts, to affect Government policy. As well as this, shadow reporting is essential in assisting the work of the CESCR in monitoring how the State is complying with its obligations under the ICESCR. For the CESCR to get the most accurate view of the rights situation in a country, and for the process to have the fullest effect, it is essential that balancing views from a range of sources are provided to the CESCR members. Shadow reports from NGOs complement the information provided in State reports, and fill in gaps, correct inaccuracies, or clarify misleading statements in the State report.