12th Crime Congress

Text of the recommendation by the World Society of Victimology

I don’t seem to be able to attach the text below as a Word document so have decided to copy and paste it into a new page. The text belongs entirely to the World Society of Victimology, I am just making it available on this blog.

Recommendation to acknowledge 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, and establish an Expert Group to report to the UN Commission of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2011

In the year of the 25th anniversary of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power and the 55th year of the UN Crime Congress, the World Society of Victimology recommends that States make all possible efforts to incorporate clauses in the Declaration of the Declaration of the UN Congress, Salvador 2010 that:

An Expert Group Meeting with equitable geographical representation to study ways and means to promote the use and application of the said basic principles and guidelines, strengthen victims’ rights and improve access to justice, including the possible creation of a Convention for Justice and Support for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.

The Expert Group report on its conclusion to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its 2011 session.

 Justice and Support for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power

 Millions of people, especially many women and children, throughout the world suffer harm as a result of crime, terrorism and the criminal abuse of power.  The rights of these victims are not always adequately respected and they may, in addition, endure further harm when assisting the authorities in prosecuting the perpetrators.  In 1985 the UN General Assembly (GA/RES/40/34) called upon Member States to take the necessary steps to give effect to the provisions contained in the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.

Two decades later the Member States in the Declaration of the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Bangkok in 2005 underlined the importance of giving special attention to the need to protect witnesses and victims of crime and terrorism and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening, where needed, the legal and financial framework for providing support to such victims, taking into account.

Also in 2005 the UN General Assembly has adopted the Basic Principles and Guidelines of the Rights to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law (A/C. 3/60/Ll.24); and further adopted the Guidelines for child Victims and Witnesses by ECOSOC. As well the Guide for Policy Makers and the Handbook on Justice of Victims by ECOSOC in 1999 has been promulgated.

In the year of the 25th anniversary of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power and the 55th year of the UN Crime Congress, the World Society of Victimology recommends that States make all possible efforts to incorporate clauses in the Declaration of the Declaration of the UN Congress, Salvador 2010 that:

An Expert Group Meeting with equitable geographical representation to study ways and means to promote the use and application of the said basic principles and guidelines, strengthen victims’ rights and improve access to justice, including the possible creation of a Convention for Justice and Support for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.

The Expert Group report on its conclusion to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its 2011 session.

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Proposed by the World Society of Victimology (which is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization with Special Category consultative status with the Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC] of the United Nations and the Council of Europe). This recommendation is made in consultation with other NGOs, victimology institutes and associations, and individual experts.

Contact person — Prof Dr John Dussich, (Past President) Chair WSV UN Liaison Committee & Director, TIVI, Tokiwa University, Japan. Tel (USA): +1-559-278-6046; Email: jdussich@csufresno.edu

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  1. […] April 2010 This morning the UNODC secretariat agreed to distribute to delegates at the Congress a recommendation, prepared by the World Society of Victimology (WSV), in support of victims’ rights. The document […]


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