Housing Rights Watch and FEANTSA have been working since 2012 on the issues of criminalisation of homelessness. 

In 2012 we launched and ran a campaign to raise awareness about the issue called, Poverty is Not a Crime.

In addition to the campaign, HRW and FEANTSA asked pro bono lawyers to provide a snapshot of the anti-social behaviour laws and how they impact the criminalisation of homelessness in 17 EU Member States. Visit the country pages and look under Criminalisation.

In 2013 we published a book, Mean Streets: A report on the criminalisation of homelessness in Europe. The book can be downloaded from this site and features insights into the policy drivers of criminalisation, case studies from Belgium, Hungary, Poland, and Spain, and good practice examples including using Ombuds services, legal services and others.  Click here for more information.

In late 2013 Freek Spinnewijn, FEANTSA's director, published a blog post on how criminalisation of homelessness is a violation of human rights. 

We are very keen to hear about any campaigns to fight criminalisation, as well as examples of the criminalisation of homelessness.  Please contact: Maria Aldanas with your comments and suggestions. 

In summer 2012, as part of the Poverty is Not a Crime campaign, Housing Rights Watch conducted a survey of national laws that penalise or criminalise the behaviour of people who are homeless. Legal experts prepared country reports that describe the nature of antisocial behaviour laws, as well as other regulations or ordinances that affect homeless people:

Spain: For the full text click here

Sweden: For the full text click here

Slovak Republic: For the full text click here

Romania: For the full text click here

Poland: For the full text click here

Netherlands: For the full text click here

Italy: For the full text click here

Ireland: For the full text click here

Hungary: For the full text click here

Greece: For the full text click here

Germany: For the full text click here

France: For the full text click here

Finland: For the full text click here

England & Wales: For the full text click here

Denmark: For the full text click here

Belgium: For the full text click here

Czech Republic: For the full text click here

Austria: For the full text click here

Subject: 
Criminalización