Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting: decriminalise poverty and status

ICwS & ICJ: On 7 March 2024, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) presented its joint project on the decriminalisation of poverty and status to the 2024 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. The project is being implemented together with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Co-presenting on the project was Supreme Court Justice of Mauritius and ICJ Commissioner, Justice Aruna Devi Narain who described the global challenge and introduced the ICJ’s publication, The 8 March Principles, on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law(Opens in new window).

The project will deliver a Practitioners’ Guide (PG) on a human rights-based approach to criminal law, including on ways to further the decriminalisation of poverty and status.  The PG will serve as a reference and guide to justice sector actors and others – such legislatures, government officials, policy-makers, national human rights institutions, oversight bodies, victims’ groups, human rights advocates, civil society organizations and academics – offering a clear, accessible and operational legal framework and practical legal guidance.

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13 March, 2024
Type of Update:
In the News
Updates from our Partners
Campaign Activities
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Courts Systems
Fees and Fines
Human Rights
Petty Offences
Pre-trial Detention
Use of Public Spaces
Australia & the Pacific Islands
Latin America & the Caribbean
Middle East
North America
Campaign Partners:
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
International Commission of Jurists

The Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status is a coalition of organisations from across the world that advocate for the repeal of laws that target people based on poverty, status or for their activism.


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