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NCJ Number: 179084 Find in a Library
Title: Guide for Policy Makers
Corporate Author: United Nations
International Drug Control Programme
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
United Nations
Vienna, Austria
United Nations Publications
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations Publications
1st Avenue and 46th Street
Concourse Level
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide presents the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power and provides guidelines for policymakers -- including those in ministries or departments of justice, interior, and social welfare and health, and local authorities in all countries -- who are concerned with improving the position of victims of crime and abuse of power and providing these victims with the necessary assistance and access to justice.
Abstract: The United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power was adopted by consensus in the General Assembly in 1985; it thus reflects the collective will of the international community to restore the balance between the fundamental rights of suspects and offenders and the rights and interests of victims. The Declaration is based on the philosophy that victims should be adequately recognized and treated with respect. Victims are entitled to access to judicial mechanisms and prompt redress for the harm and loss suffered. They are also entitled to receive adequate specialized assistance in dealing with emotional trauma and other problems caused by the victimization. The Declaration sets out areas in which action is needed to ensure equitable treatment for victims; it provides the basic standards against which jurisdictions can assess their own practices and evaluate what changes need to be introduced. It also provides guidance for international cooperation and assistance in this area. 64 footnotes and 108 selected references
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): International cooperation; Program planning; United Nations standards; Victim services
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