n African Human Rights Law Journal - Enhancing the protection of the rights of victims of international crimes : a model for East Africa
|Article Title||Enhancing the protection of the rights of victims of international crimes : a model for East Africa|
|© Publisher:||Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)|
|Journal||African Human Rights Law Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town, 2 Yale University, USA and 3 Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||608 - 638|
Victims of international crimes have had little, if any, role and voice in international criminal proceedings. In fact, victims in such proceedings have mostly been mere observers and witnesses. This global practice reflects the status of victims of international crimes as it was until the emergence of the International Criminal Court. The Court has brought about an era where victims of international crimes will not only have a true voice in criminal proceedings, but they will also participate in such proceedings as victims. Of importance is the fact that they are now entitled, by right, to compensation and reparation. The article traces international legal developments relative to the protection of the rights of victims of international crimes. It briefly examines comparable domestic and regional legal frameworks and practices on victim rights protection. The principal aim of the study is to discuss lessons that can be replicated in East Africa as a possible model for the protection of the rights of victims of international crimes.
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