TFV Board: Closure for victims is the true measure of international justice

TFV Board: Closure for victims is the true measure of international justice

Press Release, The Hague, 29 November 2016

The Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) calls upon States, the ICC, civil society, and all the world’s citizens to find the will power and resources to ensure that international justice is delivered to victims: not only in the court room, but also in their homes, and in their communities.

The Rome Statute’s purpose is to close the impunity gap for the most serious international crimes. While closing the impunity gap is truly an ambition of universal value, on its own it is insufficient. The Rome Statute system must equally strive to close the “victims gap”. International crimes have a profound impact, including massive and debilitating suffering of individuals, families and entire societies. This harm must be met with a reparative response that is respectful of the fragility, the dignity and the resilience of victims, enabling them to overcome the harm that they have suffered and to rebuild their lives. 

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