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Criminalization of poverty: the case of low-level offences
This research deals with the impact of prosecution of “minor offences” on people living in poverty in Europe. Through case studies (criminalization of beggars, SyRI case in the Netherlands etc. ), it explores whether minor offences – which are usually punished by outstanding fines with minimum procedural rights – are compatible with the ECHR (more specifically the prohibition of discrimination, the protection of property, the right to a fair trial, as well as the right to respect for private and family life).