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Victims and Witnesses
The ICC foresees for victims and witnesses to participate in proceedings, be protected from perpetrators, and apply for reparations. Credit: EPA Photo / HRW
The Statute of the International Criminal Court contains strong provisions concerning the rights and interests of victims. The tone is set in the preamble to the Statute which notes that "during this century millions of children, women and men have been victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity." It calls for an end to the impunity of perpetrators of crimes of concern to the international community.

The ICC started with a sound theoretical basis, as well as a reservoir of practical experience from the work of the ad hoc Tribunals, on which to build appropriate mechanisms for the protection of victims/witnesses and to provide assistance to them during the sometimes difficult appearances they will make before the ICC. Measures for the protection of victims and witnesses, the participation of victims in the process, and reparations to them have therefore been included in the Rome Statute and are currently being implemented by the different organs of the ICC.

For the first time in the history of international criminal jurisdictions, the rights of victims find their expression in the context of individual criminal responsibility. In many respects, the fact that there is now little disagreement on these particular issues demonstrates how far the debate has come.

For more information on victims rights, please visit the website of the
Victims Rights Working Group (VRWG)
.

Background on Victims and Witnesses

For more information, please contact Alix Vuillemin Grendel.
Academic Papers and Reports
Author Date and Title
Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law
June 2014
Bearing Witness at the International Criminal Court: An Interview Survey of 109 Witnesses
ICC
25 Mar 2010
Elisabeth Rehn elected Chairperson for the Board of Directors at the Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court
Audio Visual Resources
Author Date and Title
ICC
23 Apr 2013
Victims' participation before the International Criminal Court (ICC)
International Justice Project
28 Nov 2012
ICC Luc Walleyn
ICTJ
27 Nov 2012
Voices of Dignity: A Story of Struggle for Victims’ Rights
ICTJ
18 June 2012
Lubanga Sentence: Historic Test of ICC’s Mandate to Award Reparations to Victims
ICC
03 June 2010
Video summaries of the panel discussion on the impact of the work of the ICC on victims and affected communities
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Title Date
REDRESS and ISS
26126|26127 27 Aug 2015
REDRESS
25614|25615 29 Apr 2015
FIDH
25033|25034 05 Dec 2014
FIDH
24937|24938 18 Nov 2014
HRW
24221|24222 04 July 2014
VRWG
24086|24087 June 2014
NPWJ
22838|22839 22 Nov 2013
FIDH
22713|22714 19 Nov 2013
Claire Tisserant, International Justice Project
21779|21780 08 Aug 2013
Independent Panel
21534|21535 04 July 2013
IBA
21585|21586 July 2013
Amnesty International; REDRESS
21734|21735 Apr 2013
VRWG
20713|20714 11 Mar 2013
VRWG
20367|20368 26 Feb 2013
Kenyans for Peace with Truth & Justice
19181|19182 22 Oct 2012
REDRESS
19288|19289 Oct 2012
Paulina Vega-Gonzalez, FIDH
19068|19069 26 Sept 2012
Ivorian Coalition for the ICC
18554|18555 23 July 2012
VRWG
16146|16147 02 Dec 2011
VRWG
15212|15213 29 Sept 2011
Open Society Justice Initiative
15069|15070 12 Sept 2011
Open Society Justice Initiative, International Refugee Rights Initiative
14900|14901 18 Aug 2011
REDRESS
14724|14725 15 July 2011
REDRESS
14410|14411 20 May 2011
Victims Rights Working Group
13981|13982 Apr 2011
Victims Rights Working Group
13378|13379 14 Oct 2010
VRWG
12016|12017 22 Mar 2010
ICJ-Kenya
11927|11928 Mar 2010
UVF
12018|12019 Mar 2010
REDRESS
11968|11969 Feb 2010
REDRESS
11973|11974 Feb 2010
ICLS
11795|11796 Jan 2010
REDRESS and African Rights
9734|9735 Nov 2008
ICG
9207|9208 30 Oct 2008
AI
7816|7817 10 Dec 2007
REDRESS
5949|5950 25 Apr 2007
Victims' Rights Working Group
5945|5946 25 Apr 2007
FIDH
6029|6030 23 Apr 2007
The Gender Justice Team of the CICC
5426|5427 26 Nov 2006
VRWG
4981|4982 26 Oct 2006
VRWG
4979|4980 11 Sept 2006
REDRESS
4968|4969 01 Sept 2006
CICC
4696|4697 21 July 2006
REDRESS
2070|2071 01 May 2005
REDRESS
2723|2724 May 2005
VRWG
814|815 01 Aug 2003
IBCR
836|837 01 Mar 2003
VRWG
816|817 01 Feb 2003
FIDH
838|839 01 Nov 2002
VRWG
818|819 01 Sept 2002
AsF-World
2821|2822 Sept 2002
PICT
832|833 01 Mar 2001
VRWG
822|823 2000
AI
834|835 01 July 1999
AI
2745|2746 July 1999
No Author
840|841 01 Apr 1999
HRW
3482|3483 01 Aug 1997
FIDH
2785|2786 NA