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Launch of Model Legislative Provisions to Support and Protect the Rights and Needs of Victims of Terrorism

Virtual event organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism/United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Geneva/ New York / Vienna, 04 February 2022 – The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism/United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNOCT-UNCCT) together with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) virtually launched the Model Legislative Provisions (Available to download in English) to support and protect the rights and needs of victims of terrorism.

The Model Legislative Provisions will serve as a model against which existing national laws and procedures related to victims of terrorism are reviewed, and towards the development of national legislation where applicable. They will also serve to systematize and promote the exchange of information between Member States regarding good practices supporting and protecting victims of terrorism.

The Model Legislative Provisions will include guidance on the implementation of laws and procedures to support adaptation in different countries, as well as provide suggestions for formulating provisions based on various legal systems, as necessary.

The Provisions are comprehensive and underline the need for States to follow a victim-centric approach in addressing the rights and needs of victims.

The Model Legislative Provisions were developed through a series of expert consultations organized by UNOCT-UNCCT, IPU and UNODC, which took place in July 2020, and between November 2020-January 2021. The consultations included the participation of national institutions, parliaments, civil society organizations including victims’ associations and victims, academic institutions as well as experts from the United Nations and other regional organizations.

A core group of dedicated experts, composed of staff from United Nations Entities, representatives of victims’ associations and victims provided technical support to guide the drafting process of the Model Legislative Provisions.

Click here to download the Invitation.

Watch the recorded event here.