Principles on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa

Contents

FOREWORD                                                                                                                  04

PREFACE                                                                                                                       06

PREAMBLE                                                                                                                    07

PART 1

Definitions                                                                                                                     09

PART 2

Purpose                                                                                                                        11

PART 3

Petty offences are inconsistent with Articles 2, 3 and 18 of the

African Charter on the right to equality and non-discrimination                                        12

PART 4

Petty offences are inconsistent with Article 5 of the African Charter

on the right to dignity and freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or

degrading punishment and treatment                                                                             13

PART 5

Petty offences are inconsistent with Article 6 of the African Charter

on the right to liberty and security of the person and freedom from

arbitrary arrest and detention                                                                                         14

PART 6

State Parties to the African Charter should decriminalise petty

offences in accordance with these Principles and other regional

and international human rights standards                                                                       16

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