15th European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism
11 March 2019 will mark the 15th European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism, established to commemorate all victims of terror following the 2004 Madrid bombings. Since then, Europe has experienced several waves of terrorism and the European Union’s policy response has evolved over the years.
In this paper prepared during the European Youth Event 2018 you can read the results of more than 15 years of EU counter-terrorism action. Another document on victims of terrorism has been prepared for Members and staff of the European Parliament as background material to assist them in their parliamentary work. “Is there still room for further progress?”: maybe tackling the social conditions encouraging violent extremism, like inequality, poverty, urban segregation, family instability, etc.
On 11 March at 16hrs, starting from the roundabout Merode metro station, V-Europe (association pour les victimes de terrorisme) and the White March Committee organise a march to remember all victims of terrorism.
Starting from 9.15 another event will take place at the Centre Albert Borschette in Brussels bring together victims of terrorism, victim associations and first responders, together with European and Member States’ representatives, to share their stories and experiences.
Also the EFRJ staff will participate in this memorial day.
European Day of Victims of Crime
On the occasion of the European Day of Victims of Crime (22 February 2019), the EFRJ (re-)launches some materials relevant for victim support and restorative justice services.
Today we publish the summary of the research report “Victims and Restorative Justice: An empirical study of the needs, experiences and position of victims within restorative justice practices”. Our previous intern, Annika Schuurman from Amsterdam university, worked on it as part of her 4 months internship in the EFRJ Secretariat. Download it here.
We also wish to re-launch some relevant materials published as part of two EU funded projects we were partner in the past year.
The practice guide of the project “Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims” coordinated IJJO (2016-2018) has been translated in 7 languages and is available online since January. The guide includes practices for ensuring a child-friendly restorative justice process where children who entered in contact with the justice system (as victims and as offenders) can benefit from this service. Download it here. For those ones interested in this topic, the EFRJ organises its Summer School with trainers Bie Vanseveren and Belinda Hopkins in Gdansk on 22-26 July: few seats left!
A manual, report and digital stories of the project “Victims of road traffic offences” coordinated by Rondpunt (2016-2018) were launched last November to celebrate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and the RJ Week. Download them here. Within the framework of this project, many more materials have been made available for those ones working to support victims of road traffic offences: check the Rondpunt website to know more.
Enjoy reading! To know more about the awareness campaigns going on around the European Day for Victims of Crime please visit the website of Victim Support Europe or follow social media with #MakingVicitmsRightsaReality.
Leuven – Talk on victims and transitional justice
On the occasion of the international RJ Week, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the KU Leuven is organising a public talk by Brandon Hamber from Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, entitled: “Victims and Transitional Justice: Progress or More of the Same?“. Brandon Hamber will explore the complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, drawing on experiences in South Africa and Northern Ireland. Read below the full abstract and biography.
This initiative is organised together with our individual member Peter Vermeersch, professor of politics
at the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Parkstraat 45, Leuven, room 00.113) on 19 November 2018, from 12am to 1pm. Free and open to the public, no registration required. For more info write Peter Vermeersch.
Nearly a decade ago I wrote, reflecting on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that a rights-based approach to the needs of victims remains underdeveloped morally, ethically, legally and, more critically, in practice, in the transitional justice field. This talk will consider if in fact we have advanced the issue of victim rights in the transitional justice field. The talk will explore the complex relationships between recovery from political violence and the psychological processes that accompany widespread social change, showing how these can be integrated to strengthen and serve a restorative function for both individuals and society. The talk will draw on experience in South Africa and Northern Ireland, and other comparative examples, to examine the social, cultural, and identity issues involved in meeting the needs of victims.
Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is also a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at the university, and is a Visiting Professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has published some 30 journal articles, over 25 book chapters and 4 books. In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014). Professor Hamber is a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.
Conference on RJ & child victims
The final conference of the project “Implementing RJ with Child Victims“, coordinated by the IJJO- International Juvenile Justice Observatory, in which the EFRJ is a partner, will be in Brussels on 7 December 2018. The event is free of charge but registration is compulsory as limited seats are available. The deadline to register to this conference is 23 November 2018.
You can download here the draft programme (page 5-6): no need to print it, as a participant you will get the booklet as part of the conference pack!
Cancellation: if you cannot attend the conference, we appreciate you to take the time to inform us, so that we can better organise the event. Please write Emanuela Biffi to cancel or update your registration, in case you wish one of your colleagues to take your seat in this event.
Visa: Belgium is part of the Schengen Area comprising 26 European countries. If necessary, please apply in due time for a visa and note that visa application takes 30-60 days. On request, the IJJO Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications, but only after proving working in the field.
European Day for Victims of Crime
22 February marks European Day for Victims of Crime. In recognition of this day, the EFRJ launches a short report based on a survey conducted in 2017, as part of many other activities initiated in the past years to further implement the European Victims’ Directive.
The focus of the survey was to map the breakthroughs, the opportunities, the challenges, and the future directions, ideas and suggestions of the regulation of RJ in the Victims’ Directive, according to the RJ services and practitioners.
Download here the report and feel free to disseminate it within your network.
RJ with child victims
In the years 2016-2018, the EFRJ is partner in the EU-funded research project coordinated by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), ”Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims” (JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/VICT/9344).
The project has been developed within the context of the implementation of the EU Victims’ Directive. The focus is on Art. 12, which identifies the minimum standards and safeguard measures to protect victims of crime who wish to engage in a RJ process, and the application for this article for a specific vulnerable group: child victims.
As part of this project, the EFRJ co-organised a training on the use of RJ for child victims (Leuven 8-9 November 2017) and will take part in the final conference (Brussels 7 December 2018). Relevant materials, such as the presentations, can be downloaded on the links of these events.
The EFRJ researcher working on this project is Inge Vanfraechem. Also two of our Board members are involved as researchers for their own institutes, i.e. our chair Tim Chapman on behalf of Ulster University and our secretary Brunilda Pali on behalf of KU Leuven.
More info on this project can be found on the IJJO website. Please contact us in case you need more information.
This project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.
Training on RJ & Child Victims
Training on RJ with child victims
Download the presentations by clicking on the links below!
(1) Brunilda Pali – Introduction (RJ definitions, regulations and organisational Models) – 081117
(2) Inge Vanfraechem – Implementation Conferencing Case study Belgium -081117
(3) Ivo Aertsen – Implementation Mediation Case study Belgium – 081117
(4) Panel session – Theme 1 Legislation – facilitated by Edit Törzs – 081117
(5) Tim Chapman – Introduction to RJ practices (mediation, conferencing, circles) – 091117
(6) Hugh Campbell – Key theories of childhood to the experience of being a victim of harm – 091117
(7) – Hugh Campbell – Training (models, standards) – 091117
(8) – Edit Törzs – Training (models, standards) – 091117
The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), in partnership with KU Leuven and the EFRJ will organize a training session on Restorative Justice, with a special attention on child victims, on 8-9 November 2017 in Leuven (Belgium).
This training will take place in the framework of the IJJO led project ‘Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims‘, co-funded by the DAPHNE programme of the European Union.
In addition to examining restorative justice practices (mediation, conferencing), the training will place emphasis on implementation measures.
VIEW HERE THE FINAL PROGRAMME
The training is free of charge for participants: it will bring together invited guests from each organisation partner in this project and some seats will be reserved to participants who will register using the form below
Registrations are possible on a ‘first come-first served’ basis. Still, in order to ensure variety within the group (in terms of country, type of organisation, professional background), please note that in the registration form you will be asked to give a brief description of your personal experience and motivation to attend the training (200 words max). Your registration will be confirmed within two days after the registration. Registrations will open on 1 October.
Flyer of the project on victims of road traffic offences
The project coordinator Rondpunt created a webpage and informative flyer of the EU project ‘Victims of road traffic offences‘. The EFRJ is a partner in this project together with Moderator (Flemish RJ service), FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims), KU Leuven and Victim Support Europe.
Click here to view the webpage of the project.
Download here the flyer: feel free to disseminate the flyer within your network!
PARTICIPATE TO THE ONLINE SURVEY!!
The first meeting between these partners took place one month ago in Leuven.
Rondpunt project on victims of traffic accidents
Today 10 March in Leuven, the EFRJ (represented by Emanuela Biffi) attended the first meeting with the partners in the project ‘Victims of road traffic offences‘ coordinated by Rondpunt (Flemish service supporting victims of road traffic accidents). The EFRJ is a partner together with Moderator (Flemish RJ service), European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR), KU Leuven and Victim Support Europe.
Click here to view the webpage of the project. Download here the flyer: feel free to disseminate it within your network!
PARTICIPATE TO THE ONLINE SURVEY NOW!!