Victims' rights are human rights: The importance of recognizing victims as persons

Author(s)Wemmers, Jo-Anne
Title Victims' rights are human rights: The importance of recognizing victims as persons
Source Temida, June 2012, pp 71-84.
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
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Summary In this article the author examines the progress victims have made in receiving recognition in the criminal justice system. The author proposes that victims' rights are human rights and victims need recognition as persons in law as crime constitutes a violation of their rights as well as an act against the state. The article discusses the rights available through international instruments, such as the non-binding declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, and charter of rights in national governments such as Canada. The author concludes her discussion by proposing that it is time to move victims' rights to the next level, which is viewing victims' rights as human rights.
Keywords Victims' rights; human rights; international law; charter of victims rights; criminal justice system; participation
Topic

Victims rights