International conference on 'Access to Remedies for Victims of Conflict: Victims' Support Policies and Programmes

30 September-1 October 2013 (New York City)

  Madres of the Plaza de Mayo gather in Buenos Aires with a commemorative quilt containing photos of their disappeared family members. Photo: Djordje Djordjevic, UNDP

Survivors often have their lives devastated by conflict. From Colombia to Afghanistan, thousands of people trying to pick up the pieces after violence, need help in rebuilding their communities, lives, and livelihoods, as well as ensuring that they have access to security and justice. Many wait years, sometimes even decades for reparations, and most never receive compensation of any sort.

Victims of conflict, who are overwhelmingly women, children, the elderly and the very poor, are more vulnerable to exploitation and poverty. They also often struggle to make their voices heard and their legacy of suffering often influences generations to come.

"Access to Remedies for Victims of Conflict: Victims' Support Policies and Programmes" is an international conference that will address the issue of helping victims in conflict and post-conflict situations to access justice.

Government officials, INGOs and advocacy networks, UN agencies, and victims themselves will meet for two days to share experiences in supporting the victims of human rights abuses.

The agenda includes:

  • Promoting a more victim-centered approach to peacebuilding and development
  • Protecting witnesses at criminal trials and providing free representation
  • Allowing victims to take ownership and become active participants of the rebuilding processGiving a voice to survivors of conflict
  • The legal right to justice and reparations

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