The VRWG aims at achieving the following targets (adopted at the VRWG strategy meeting from 2-4 May 2006).
The Group seeks to incorporate a gender sensitive approach in all aspects of its work: considering gender justice from the perspective of access, treatment and outcomes.
The Group recognises the importance of ensuring that victims’ rights are adequately reflected in the Court’s objectives and that the full range of victims’ needs and concerns are understood collectively and in context.
The Group pursues strategies to ensure adequate and effective forms of support and protection for victims, including victim applicants, participants, as well as intermediaries and others at risk.
The VRWG recognises the need for positive action by the Registry of the ICC and by civil society groups and others to enable victims to participate in the proceedings that affect their interests.
It continues to encourage the Registry to develop victims’ friendly guidelines and procedures for victims wishing to participate, and to actively enable this participation, through outreach, dissemination of information and adoption of appropriate procedures to receive and determine applications.
It also seeks to ensure that victims’ right to receive quality legal representation of their choice is upheld.
Ensures that the voices of victims are heard in considering the “interests of victims” in any particular case.
The Group seeks to ensure that full and effective reparations are provided to all victims under the jurisdiction of the ICC and promotes full cooperation by states to ensure enforcement of reparations awards.
The Group actively supported the creation of a Trust Fund for Victims and played an instrumental role in the adoption of the Trust Fund’s Operational Regulations. The VRWG continues to support the Trust Fund providing input on its strategic plan, fundraising, relationship with NGOs, guidelines for determining priorities, etc.
The Group will continue to evolve to meet the needs of victims on the ground and to keep up with emerging issues at the Court, reflecting the experiences gained from countries under investigation and/or prosecution by the Court, and the developing jurisprudence of the different chambers of the Court. It regularly discusses upcoming priorities and opportunities to further enhance the rights of victims before the ICC.
Members of the Working Group meet for three days in London (2-4 May 2006) to review strategies of the Court when the first investigations were opened and warrants issued.
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