Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa

Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa

Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa

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Public Consultation on the Zero Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Africa

The Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa (the Special Rapporteur) seeks to provide State Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights with a normative standard against which laws that criminalize petty offences can be reviewed and revised, to ensure the enjoyment of African Charter rights equally by all persons.  In view of this, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the Commission) decided to support the Special Rapporteur’s proposal to develop Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Africa during the 21st Extra-Ordinary Session held from 23 February to 4 March 2017, to develop strategies for preventing imprisonment through the use of alternatives forms of punishment and the decriminalization of petty offences.

The draft Principles is based on a series of consultations held in December 2016 and February 2017, see http://www.achpr.org/press/2016/12/d341/ and http://www.achpr.org/press/2017/02/d349/.

The Special Rapporteur invites all stakeholders to forward their inputs on the Zero Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Africa before 1 May 2017. This draft can be found below. Contributions should be sent to au-banjul@africa-union.org; africancommission@yahoo.com; and mangaa@africa-union.org.

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