Crime Victims to Gain New Legal Rights
- Categorized in: Victims Project
L-R Greg Heylin of the Victims of Crime Office, Maria McDonald BL, the guide's author, & ICCL Director Mark Kelly
Press Release, for immediate release
Dublin, Monday 23 September 2013
Victims of crime in Ireland will gain new legal rights thanks to European Union law, a book launch hosted by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) heard today (23 September 2013).
The legislative action that the Government must take was highlighted at the launch in Dublin's Law Society of the JUSTICIA European Rights Network's comprehensive 'Know Your Rights Guide on the Victims' Directive'. The 'Victims Directive' is a brand new piece of EU-level legislation that protects victims of crime. It was adopted at European level on 15 November 2012 and must be implemented by all national governments of EU States by 16 November 2015 at the latest.
Speaking at the launch, ICCL Director, Mr. Mark Kelly, said:
"The ICCL has campaigned for many years to ensure that victims of crime get a better deal in Ireland. The recently-adopted EU Directive, once properly implemented, will greatly enhance victim protection and support throughout the Irish criminal justice system."
"For example, the Directive includes obligations on Ireland to protect victims, especially vulnerable victims, from harm and intimidation and provide access to information, services and compensation."
"Respecting the human rights of victims, without undermining the core procedural rights of people suspected of crimes is a cornerstone of a fair criminal justice system", Mr Kelly concluded.
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NOTE TO EDITORS
• The JUSTICIA European Rights Network's 'Know Your Rights Guide on the Victims' Directive' was officially launched at 10.30am on Monday 23 September 2013 by Greg Heylin, Director of the Victims of Crime Office and the guide's author Maria McDonald BL. The launch took place in the Blue Room of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. The guide will be available in electronic format at: http://www.eujusticia.net/victimsrights/know-your-rights-on-the-victims-directive
• Photos from the launch are being filed to news desks by Gareth Chaney of Collins Photo (0863082725).
• The JUSTICIA European Rights Network is a trans-European network of organisations working on criminal justice and victims' rights issues. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) holds the Secretariat of the organisation in Dublin, and is hosting this launch. For more information on the Network, please visit our website: www.eujusticia.net.
The JUSTICIA Network consists of 11 Network Member organisations at present: Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Greek Helsinki Monitor, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania), Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Latvian Centre for Human Rights, League of Human Rights (Czech Republic), Rights International Spain and Statewatch (UK).
• The Director of Public Prosecutions Dr Claire Loftus launched her office's annual report on 18 September 2012. In the foreword, she alludes to the challenge facing her office of full transposition of the directive into Irish law given limited resources, particularly the Office's ability to meet its obligation to expand the scope of its provision to victims of crime of information on decisions not to prosecute. See the DPP's report at p4 - http://www.dppireland.ie/filestore/documents/AR_2012_%5Beng%5D.pdf