II. Disproportionate and different impact of civil and political rights violations on the poor E. Restricting the access of the poor to public places Criminalization of homelessness 30. If being unable to afford shelter, decent food, a warm bath or even the use of a private toilet is not humiliating enough, homeless people can be, and commonly are, further stripped of their dignity and freedom of movement. The criminalization of homelessness is becoming increasingly well documented. Shortages of affordable housing and emergency shelter beds force people onto the streets, where they can then be fined and imprisoned. "Quality of life" offences, such as "camping" in public, sleeping in a public place, begging in public, loitering, sitting or lying down in public places and sleeping in vehicles, can be impossible for the homeless to avoid. To add insult to injury, the enforcement of such laws is very costly; a cruel irony when public funding could instead be directed to poverty alleviation for this group.
I wonder how much money the U.N. spent, and how much cheese was chewed, in the production of the obvious, for their tardy homework.