News | Joint NGO statement for European Day for Victims of Crime
JOINT STATEMENT FOR EUROPEAN DAY FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME 22 FEBRUARY, 2015
ALL VICTIMS RECOGNISED, NO VICTIM FORGOTTEN
Ahead of 22 February - European Day for Victims of Crime - La Strada International issued a joint statement, together with other civil society organisations and networks, working in support of victims of crime.
The statement, signed by Victim Support Europe, Missing Children Europe, Transgender Europe, European Network against Racism, ILGA Europe, Network of Associations of Victims of Terrorism, AGE Platform Europe, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, European Disability Forum and national victim support organisations, calls on EU Member States to implement the provisions of the EU Victims Directive and to live up to their obligations to protect the rights of victims of crime and to ensure the availability and accessibility of support services for them.
Across Europe and the world, reports of crimes against victims – whether they relate to terrorism, abuse, domestic violence, hate crime, human trafficking, robbery or any other crime, are a stark reminder of how unpredictable crime can be.
All victims of crime, no matter what crime, no matter where it took place, no matter who the victim is, where they come from or the reasons for their victimisation, should be treated with respect and dignity. They should be supported in the immediate aftermath of the crime and for as long as is necessary afterwards.
Read the full statement here.