Growing hardship: NGO prompts media to withstand criminalisation of petty offenses


The Prisoners’ Rehab and Well-being Action (PRAWA), a Non-governmental Organisation, has actually advised the media to stand-up versus the criminalisation of petty offenses, which impact the bad more than any other group.


The Head, Enugu Workplace of PRAWA, Mrs Chioma Anuna, made the call throughout a Media Capability Structure Workshop on Decriminalisation and Declassification of Petty Offences in Nigeria for reporters in Enugu on Wednesday.

Anuna stated that criminalisation of petty offenses, such as prostitution, typical annoyance, alms pleading, street trading and ecological offenses, by state federal governments and police had actually continued to reproduce and deepen hardship amongst the bad and susceptible.

She stated: “In this regard, laws that criminalise petty offenses have the impact of penalizing, segregating, managing and weakening the self-respect of individuals on the basis of their socio-economic status.

” By limiting the capability of people to participate in life-sustaining activities, especially for those residing in hardship, petty offenses infringe on the autonomy of individuals, even more deteriorating their right to human self-respect.

” The enforcement of these laws likewise perpetuate the stigmatisation of hardship by mandating a criminal justice action to what are basically socio-economic concerns.

” In this regard, the criminalisation of petty offenses enhances inequitable mindsets versus marginalised individuals specifically the bad and susceptible.

” The criminalisation of petty offenses adds to discrimination and marginalisation by criminalising hardship, homelessness and joblessness. This advancement had an influence on the poorest and most marginalised individuals in our neighborhoods.”.

She kept in mind that there was a requirement to enhance awareness on the effect of extreme custodial sentences as it associates with petty offenses, consisting of using requirements and concepts of human rights in safeguarding the bad and promoting equality and fairness.

Speaking, Mr Monday Emeka, Public Relations Officer of Nigerian Correctional Service, Enugu State Command, stated that the brand-new Correctional Service Act signed by President Muhammadu Buhari plainly defined requirement to have non-custodian programs.

Emeka stated: “Police and the public need to assist us understand that it is not every petty or small offense that needs that the wrongdoer be put in custodian centres (jails).

” There need to be options for managing minor concerns specifically opting for the expense ramification of keeping an individual in correctional custody to the federal government, member of the family, buddies and even the people included specifically when she or he is bad.”.

Emphasizes of the workshop were open conversation and group work along with the development of media network to checkmate concerns of criminalisation of petty offenses within Enugu State and its environments.

Reporters from print and electronic media along with online media went to the workshop.




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