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Rwanda Should Stop Locking Up the Poor

African Court Decision Condemns Practice

The African Court on Human and People’s Rights has held that states’ laws enabling the detention of people who, often because of poverty, are forced to live on the street, violate…

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On December 4, the regional human rights court delivered an opinion upholding the rights of people deemed “vagrants” by the state.

The opinion, issued in response to a request by the Pan African Lawyers Union, concluded that laws permitting the forcible removal or warrantless arrest of a person declared to be a…

Since 2006, Human Rights Watch has…

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