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Assisting Victims of Terrorism: Towards a European Standard by Rianne Letschert, Ines Staiger, Antony Pemberton

By Rianne Letschert, Ines Staiger, Antony Pemberton

The struggle opposed to terrorism is receiving elevated understanding because of contemporary wor- vast large-scale terrorist acts, and purely considering the fact that then has a few cognizance been directed particularly to sufferers of terrorism. latest felony tools of overseas b- ies just like the ecu Union, the Council of Europe and the United countries c- cerning sufferers of terrorism are quite summary or contain sufferers of terrorism lower than the wider heading of sufferers of crime as a rule. moreover, rules and laws with regards to sufferers of crime or sufferers of terrorism differ broadly at the family point. by contrast historical past, the eu Union commissioned a venture that are supposed to target to enhance extra large criteria for the help and ass- tance of sufferers of terrorism on the ecu point. This learn offers the root from which extra vast criteria should be derived. The examine focuses parti- larly on constructing criteria within the box of constant suggestions, entry to justice, management of justice and repayment to sufferers of terrorism. a unique characteristic of the procedure is that still the prospective application of restorative justice techniques is tested. a tremendous query to deal with used to be no matter if there's a genuine have to undertake s- cific criteria for sufferers of terrorism, thereby implying that their wishes could fluctuate from sufferers of standard crime.

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23. See also Israel Civilian Project, Burning Flowers – Burning dreams: Consequences of Suicide Bombings on Civilians in Israel 2000–2005. 18 Christopher D. Marshall, Terrorism, Religious Violence and Restorative Justice, in Gerry Johnstone and Daniel W. ), Handbook of Restorative Justice, Cullompton, Willan Publishing, 2007, pp. 372–394 at p. ), Terrorists, Victims and Society. Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and its Consequences, West Sussex, Wiley, 2003, pp. 93–108 at p. 95. 19 Marshall, Christopher, D.

And last but not least: the media48 What this list of terrorist audiences shows is the diversity in subjects of victimisation. Although categories 1 to 5 could be qualified as victimised entities, it remains to be seen whether they are all entitled to protection offered by international victims’ rights instruments. Most of these instruments define who falls under the scope of protection (chapter 2 will examine the content of these instruments). The 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power contains the following definition in Articles 1 and 2: 1.

37 See further Chapter 3. 14 R. Letschert and I. Staiger willful killings. What makes terrorism extra-normal is the fact that the violence is usually one-sided and that the victims cannot, through surrender, save their lives. 3 Typology of Terrorism The above-mentioned definitions are legal definitions and as such only partly overlap with some of the more widely used sociological definitions of terrorism. Schmid developed, in 1988, an academic consensus definition containing 16 elements. The definition reads as follows: Terrorism is an (1) anxiety-inspiring method of repeated (2) violent action, employed by (semi-) (3) clandestine individual, group, or state actors, for (4) idiosyncratic, criminal, or political reasons, whereby – in contrast to assassination – the direct targets of violence are not the main targets.

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