Protection of victims of terrorist acts

Strasbourg 20 June 2019
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Protection of victims of terrorist acts

A Workshop on the protection of victims of terrorist acts took place in Strasbourg, on 20 June 2019, under the aegis of the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, and in the framework of the 91st meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (18-21 June 2019).
VIDEO of the Event


Short presentation of the aim of the Workshop
The aim of the Workshop was to raise awareness on the Council of Europe Revised Guidelines on the protection of victims of terrorism and to share experiences of good national practices regarding their implementation.

Short presentation of the Revised Guidelines
The Revised Guidelines were adopted by the CM of the Council of Europe in 2017, only 12 years after the adoption of the initial guidelines, as a response to all forms of terrorism. They are a practical tool to member States to address challenges of all forms of terrorism and towards better protection of human rights. The text has 14 Principles. To begin with, States should have an appropriate legal and administrative framework for victims of terrorist acts, without any discrimination. The effects of terrorism on the victims and their close family members require national implementation of an efficient protection policy, financial assistance and compensation for victims, including, in an appropriate manner, the societal recognition of the suffering of victims alongside a duty to remember. States should also ensure appropriate medical, psychological, social and material emergency assistance free of charge to victims, but also the continuing assistance, so that they could resume the normal course of their activities. They should set up appropriate contact points for victims, they must effectively investigate terrorist acts, provide effective access to the law and justice, as well as protect private/family life and dignity and security, in close co-operation with civil society.

Focus Focus

EU accession to the ECHR

On 15 January 2020, the Ministers' Deputies approved the continuation of the ad hoc terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to finalise as a matter of priority, in co-operation with the representatives of the European Union, in an ad hoc group 47+1 and on the basis of the work already conducted, the legal instruments setting out the modalities of accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), including its participation in the Convention system and, in this context, to examine any related issue.

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 System of the European Convention on Human Rights 

Under the supervision of the CDDH, the Committee of Experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC) conducts the intergovernmental work intended to enhance the protection of human rights by improving the effectiveness of the control mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights and the implementation of the latter at national level.

 Human Rights protection and development 

The Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), set up by the Committee of Ministers end 1976, conducts the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the human rights field in the light, in particular, of the Council of Europe legal standards and the relevant jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. It advices and gives its legal expertise to the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence.