Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

November 27, 2015 06:00 ET

United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2015) - Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O'Sullivan, marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims.

Facts

  • The Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 29, 1985.
  • The federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Justice adopted the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime in 1988 and modernized it in 2003. These basic principles continue to guide the development of policies, programs and legislation related to victims of crime.
  • The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims of crime to address their needs and concerns, identifies issues that affect victims and recommends ways that the federal government can make its laws, policies and processes more responsive to victims. As part of its mandate, the OFOVC promotes the principles set out in the Canadian Statement, as it relates to federal matters.

Quotes

"The adoption of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims by the United Nations in 1985 was a vital step in the development of guiding principles for fair treatment of victims in the criminal justice process," said Ms. O'Sullivan. "It is essential that these principles are reflected in Canadian policy and law."

"The spirit of the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime continues to guide Canadian lawmakers today. We have seen some progress in 2015 with the passage of the first-ever stand-alone victims' rights legislation, the Victims Bill of Rights Act. But there is still work to be done," Ms. O'Sullivan added. "We will all continue to assist in amplifying the voices of victims' groups who work tirelessly to ensure that victims are informed, considered, protected and supported in their quest for justice."

Additional links:

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime: www.victimsfirst.gc.ca

To read the full text of the Declaration, visit: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/40/a40r034.htm

For a history of how the declaration came to be, visit: http://legal.un.org/avl/ha/dbpjvcap/dbpjvcap.html

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