Punished for being poor in Africa

Every year thousands of people in Africa are arrested and detained in Africa for pettyoffences, many dating back to colonial times such as being ‘a rogue and vagabond’.

Poor people bear the brunt of the enforcement of these laws. This is a call for the removal of such laws and their discriminatory enforcement.

Thank you to the organisations that were part of the coalition for producing this clip:

  • Open Society Foundations
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre
  • International Commissioner of Jurists (Kenya Section)
  • Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)
  • African Policing and Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)
  • Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative at Dullah Omar Institute
  • Pan African Lawyers Union

You can also view this video in French by clicking here.

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