Victims of war crimes from countries that have open cases before the International Criminal Court, including Darfur, Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. There may be other cases added soon. War Crimes include those conscripted at child soldiers and persons who were targeted by attacks on civilians or specific ethnic groups may be eligible to seek reparations at the International Criminal Court.
What Sort of Reparations are Available?
Victims of War Crimes have a right to reparations and to participate in the cases at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. Reparations can include financial support, psychological and medical rehabilitation. They also have a right to counsel at court expense. Funding for the reparations comes from the persons convicted, but also from the state's parties, the government which fund the court.
Do Victims Need a Lawyer?
According to the court's website, yes. Victims who do not select a lawyer will be assigned to the Office of If victims do not select a lawyer at the time they apply they will be assigned to the office of Public Counsel for Victims in The Hague. Victims have a right to select counsel in their geographic area who can report back to them on their case.
Is There a Fee Charged to the Victims?
No. Reparations Center for Vicims of War Crimes will seek its compensation under the court appointment system and be reimbursed for its time and expenses solely by the court. The Reparations Center for Victims of War Crimes and Fossum Law Office, LLC will not seek or accept compensation from any portion of the funds available to or owing to the victims represented. Any benefits received will be the property of the victims alone.
Would the victims have to testify against the accused?
No. Victims will have to establish their identity and entitlement to reparations. They may participate anonymously in the proceedings and cannot be forced to testify. The court has protective measures available to prevent the accused or their supporters from identifying or taking action against the victims or witnesses.