“Counting the cost of exclusion” seminar – Highlights

Linking criminal law, political exclusion and socio-economic inequality

On 24 March 2022, the Global Campaign to Decriminalize Poverty and Status hosted a virtual seminar on Counting the Cost of Exclusion: Linking criminal law, political exclusion and socio-economic inequality. During the event, panellists shed light on the interplay between social, economic and political exclusion and the criminalisation of poverty and status. Speakers included:

  • Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing;
  • Mr. Clifton Cortez, World Bank Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity;
  • Prof. Sana Ben Achour, Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences at the University of Carthage in Tunisia, and founder of feminist organization Beity (My Home), a shelter for women in need;
  • Dr. Tarryn Bannister, Project and Research Officer, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum;
  • Closing remarks from Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela, Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa, ACHPR;
  • Moderated by Donald Deya, Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Lawyers Union.

This short video provides key takeaways from the event and includes subtitles in English and French.

20 April, 2022
Type of Update:
Campaign Activities
Recent Events
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Cost of Exclusion
Human Rights
Petty Offences
Use of Public Spaces
Campaign Partners:
Africa Policing Civilian Oversight Forum
Pan African Lawyers Union

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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