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July 2014


VRWG Paper “Making victim participation effective and meaningful''

The VRWG issued a Paper entitled “Making victim participation effective and meaningful” highlighting the group’s views on the system of victim participation before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Paper, which will be used as an advocacy tool with both the Court and States Parties, will be presented at the informal consultations of the Hague Working Group on victims, affected communities and the Trust Fund for Victims, including reparations, to be held on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at the ICC (Press Briefing Room).

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ICC - The Appeals hearings in the Lubanga case

On 19 and 20 May 2014 the ICC Appeals Chamber is holding a hearing in the Lubanga case. As part of the hearing, two witnesses called by the Defence will be heard, relating to the Defence's ground of appeal regarding whether the Trial Chamber could determine the age of individuals based on appearance alone. The testimony will be heard by remote video-link.

Read our Q&A - The Appeals in the Lubanga case 

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January 29, 2014

Victims’ Rights discussed at ASP 12 Plenary

By Nick Wilson and Theo Boutruche

The 12th Assembly of State Parties (ASP) meeting of the International Criminal Court (ICC) took place from the 20th – 28th November 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. For the first time, the ASP meeting included a plenary session on victims, facilitated by the ambassadors of Tunisia and Colombia,…

November 18, 2013

VRWG Recommendations to the 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties


The Victims Rights Working Group recommendations to the 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties in relation to victims issues are now available in English and French.

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October 24, 2013

Securing victims’ rights in Kenya through a new accountability mechanism: Recommendations to the Judicial Service Commission with regard to the establishment of an International Crimes Division


Following a workshop on victims’ rights held in June 2013 in Nairobi, Kituo Cha Sheria and other Kenyan Civil Society Organisations agreed on a set of recommendations to the Judicial Service Commission for the establishment of an International Crimes Division in Kenya to uphold victims’ rights.


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