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Doha, 16 April 2015

Good Practices for Supporting Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework

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“Good Practices for Supporting Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework”

Side-Event – 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Doha, Qatar

The side event on “Good Practices for Supporting Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework” organized by the Terrorism Prevention Branch of United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was held 16 April 2015 in Qatar National Congress Center. 

Historically, victims of terrorism, as with other victims of crime, have largely been the ‘forgotten parties’ in criminal justice processes focused on locating and prosecuting the perpetrators of crimes.  However, in recent years, both within the United Nations and in other regional or multi-lateral fora, there is increased awareness of the important role which victims of terrorism play as actors within effective criminal justice responses to terrorism, and in countering violent extremism.  This awareness is reflected in a number of international, regional and multilateral instruments and arrangements which recognize the rights and role which victims of terrorism play within the criminal justice framework, and practices for the incorporation of these rights within national legal and criminal justice frameworks. 

The side event provided participants with an overview and update of international, regional and multi-lateral instruments, arrangements and initiatives to identify good practices for providing support to victims of terrorism within criminal investigations and prosecutions related to terrorism, and the incorporation and implementation of normative standards at a national-level by Member States. A presentation on the “International Normative Frameworks and Good Practices relating to the  Support of Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework” was held by the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UNODC. Succeeded by a panel discussion with the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Taskforce (CTITF), a civil society organization representing victims of terrorism and a Legal Adviser on “Challenges of Implementing Good Practices for the Support for Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework”.

Later this year UNODC will launch a report on “Good Practices for Supporting Victims of Terrorism within the Criminal Justice Framework”.