What should be included in the federal Victims’ Bill of Rights?

June 26, 2013 – In order to ensure that the dignity of victims and survivors of crime in Canada is respected, those harmed by crime must be guaranteed rights and be able to enforce these rights.  We feel this is a critical way to re-balance the justice system in Canada, and have made our submission to the Department of Justice as part of their public consultation in developing a federal Victims’ Bill of Rights.

In it, we call for the needs of victims to be addressed in legislation by providing victims rights to: 1) Recognition, 2) Information, 3) Assistance, 4) Reparation, 5) Protection & Safety, 6) Participation & Representation, 7) Prevention and 8) Implementation.  The status quo for victims in Canada is not acceptable – they are onlookers and outsiders who remain so due to vague statements of principles at all levels of government.  Actors in the criminal justice system are not responsible or accountable for treating victims respectfully, let alone ensuring their needs for protection and support are met.  In our brief, we call upon the federal government to meet international standards set for victims, such as the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (1985) and the European Union Directive (2012).  We ask that the federal government ensure that victims’ rights are upheld to the highest possible degree in line with global human rights standards.

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime offers support, research and education to survivors and stakeholders.

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    Read our call to action asking Canada’s political party leaders about how they will support victims of crime in the upcoming election.

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    Read our letter to House Leaders to join our call to action and undertake a legislated review of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

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    Given the five-year anniversary of Bill C-32: Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (CVBR), please read the letter we have sent to all MPs across Canada as we try to make sure the mandated Parliamentary review will take place.

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    We have responded to the Honourable Doug Downey, regarding VQRP+ cuts. Read it here. (Our original letter is here and his response can be found here.)

     

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    Read the response we received, regarding our letter to the Hon. Mark Furey, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Nova Scotia concerning support for victims of the mass shooting of April 18-19, 2020 in Portapique, NS.

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