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Implementing and Enforcing the Victims’ Rights Directive in the European Union

09 Dec 2014: On 14 November 2014, the Victims' Rights Alliance (VRA) in conjunction with the JUSTICIA European Rights Network hosted a conference Implementing and Enforcing the Victims’ Rights Directive in the European Union. The conference served as a timely reminder of Ireland’s position one year from the deadline for transposition. It focused on the minimum requirements to ensure compliance with the Victims’ Rights Directive and saw the launch of the Victims’ Rights Alliance report The Implementation and Enforcement of the Victims’ Rights Directive in Ireland: Ensuring the Consistence of Victims’ Rights for all Victims of Crime.

The opening address was given by Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald T.D who highlighted the importance of an implementation plan for the Directive, as well as the need for a partnership between civil society and the Department of Justice and Equality to ensure implementation. The Minister addressed the roles of numerous authorities in the implementation of the Directive, including the DPP and an Garda Síochána. She also stressed the fact that training on the Directive was essential to ensure its proper implementation. Attendees also heard from Interim Garda Commissioner Noreen O’Sullivan who spoke about the need for all victims of crime to receive a consistently excellent service and for the standardisation of support services for all victims of crime.Other speakers included Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime in Canada, representatives from the European Commission, Ministry of Justice, UK, the Department of Justice and Equality and victim support service providers throughout the EU. Joan Dean, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of AdVIC and Susheel Gupta, Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, shared their personal experiences as victims, in their powerful and moving addresses, reinforcing the crucial importance of stronger protection and support for victims of crime.

JUSTICIA European Rights Network