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Participation of victims of international crimes in national criminal justice systems
Date: 8 - 9 September 2015
Time: 09h00 - 16h00
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court

By invitation only

What procedural rights do victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity have in national courts in Africa? And when victims have participated in legal proceedings in special tribunals or regular criminal justice systems, what have their experiences been?

This conference, hosted by the ISS and REDRESS Trust, will discuss a report on developing models for victims to participate in national criminal justice processes and the procedural rights of victims. Participants are from prosecutorial authorities and civil society in Senegal, Mail, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Africa.

Discussions will also focus on whether, due to the nature of the crimes being tried, greater victim participation should be considered and if so, under which circumstances.

Chairs:

  • Allan Ngari, Researcher, Transnational Threats and International Crime division, ISS
  • Beini Ye, Legal Adviser, REDRESS

Introductory remarks: 

  • Carla Ferstman, Director, REDRESS
  • Cheryl Frank, Head, Transnational Threats and International Crime division, ISS

Speakers: 

  • Marjorie Jobson, National Director, Khulamani Support Group, SA
  • Beini Ye, Legal Adviser, REDRESS
  • Aimee Ongeso, Project Coordinator, Kituo Cha Sheria
  • Thomas Jatiko, Principal State Attorney, Uganda
  • Lilian Ogwora, Principal Prosecution Counsel, Kenya
  • Adv JJ Du Toit, Prosecutor, SA
  • James Songa, Criminal Justice Program Officer, ICTJ, DRC
  • Moctar Mariko, President, Association malienne des droits de l'Homme, Mali
  • Sarah Kasande Kihika, Program Associate, ICTJ, Uganda
  • Jacqueline Moudeina, Victims Lawyer, Extraordinary African Chambers, Senegal
  • Allan Ngari, Researcher, ISS
  • Sylvain Makangu, Judicial Affairs Officer, MINUSCA
This event was made possible with funding from the governments of the Netherlands and Norway and TrustAfrica. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Venue:
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Enquiries:
Allan Ngari
+27 12 346 9500
Email: angari@issafrica.org
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