International standards: Their importance and how they can be improved

Author(s)Garkawe, Sam
Title International standards: Their importance and how they can be improved
Source NSW Victims of Crime Conference, 2 7, 3 October 2007.
Date 2007
Document type Conference paper
Summary This paper discusses international standards for the benefits of crime victims and their importance at an international and local level. The 1985 Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (the Declaration) is the main document that sets out international standards for crime victims. The author discusses the provisions that deal with victims of crime and the important framework that they provide for governments and those working in the criminal justice system to be accountable to uphold these standards. In Australia, much of the legislation and policies concerning crime victims is based upon the Declaration. In 2005 INTERVICT, in the Netherlands, brought together 12 international experts, including the author, to draft a Convention, which has a number of goals, including empowering individual victims and victims' groups much more than the existing Declaration. The drafting of a Convention also allows the opportunity to improve the Declaration in a number of ways, such as referring to new areas and improving the wording.
Keywords Victims rights; victims needs; justice; victim support
Topic Victims rights