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September 26, 2018

Lunch talks in The Hague on victims’ rights on the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute


ICC in Ongwen case visit Northern Uganda in June 2018 Credit ICC CPI
ICC in Ongwen case visit Northern Uganda in June 2018 Credit ICC CPI

The 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court presents an important opportunity to recall the centrality of victims to the Rome Statute system.

As part of this historic year of reflection, the Victims’ Rights Working Group, together with REDRESS, will launch this month a series of Lunch Talks to address matters of importance to victims within this system.

The first Lunch Talk, ‘Making Sense of Reparations at the International Criminal Court’, took place on 20 June 2018 at the Residence of the Ambassador of Finland in The Hague and was hosted by REDRESS. This Lunch Talk brought together representatives from the Trust Fund for Victims, the ICC, civil society and academia for a frank and interactive discussion on pressing issues such as the limited resources of the Trust Fund for Victims and the role of States in ensuring that reparations are a tangible reality for victims. The speakers were Judge Howard Morrison of the ICC Appeals Chamber, Erin Rosenberg, Associate Legal Officer with the Trust Fund for Victims, and Lorraine Smith van Lin, Post-Conflict Justice Adviser with REDRESS.

The second Lunch Talk, ‘Victims’ Participation at the International Criminal Court: It Still Makes Sense’, took place on 18 July 2018 at the Embassy of Chile and was co-hosted by FIDH and REDRESS. This Lunch Talk considered whether ICC practice has supported the raison d’être of victims’ participation and discussed what it will take to make the promise of a ‘victims’ court’ a reality. Discussions were led by Ms Gabriela Gonzales Rivas from the Victims Participation and Reparations Section of the ICC Registry, Megan Hirst, a Legal Representative of Victims, and Amal Nassar, Permanent Representative of FIDH to the ICC.

The third Lunch Talk, ‘Beyond the Budget: A Critical Look at Victims’ Rights and the Assembly of States Parties’, took place place on 27 September 2018 at the Embassy of Switzerland. This Lunch Talk was co-hosted by Human Rights Watch and REDRESS. The discussion considered the role of ICC States Parties in championing the effective implementation of victims’ rights and a robust orientation toward victims’ rights and interests in the ICC’s work. The event featured a screening of a short film on the February 2018 Trust Fund for Victims Monitoring Mission to Uganda, followed by a panel discussion with His Excellency Ambassador Kevin Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Miia Aro-Sanchez, International Cooperation Adviser, ICC Office of the Prosecutor and Former Hague Working Group co-facilitator and ASP Review Conference co-focal point on “Victims and affected communities,” and Alison Smith, Legal Counsel and Director of the International Criminal Justice Program for No Peace Without Justice, moderated by Liz Evenson, Associate International Justice Director, Human Rights Watch.

Due to limited capacity, the Lunch Talks are by invitation only, but you can follow the discussions on the @REDRESSTrust Twitter account using the hashtag #VictimsMatter and #VRWG.

The background paper of the first Lunch Talk is available here.


Last Updated: 23 October 2018


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