Source: (2011) Response to European Commission, DG Justice B‐1049 Brussels, Belgium.

Independent Academic Research Studies (see Annex A) welcomes the Commission’s intention and initiatives to strengthen the position of victims in the criminal justice system. As a pan‐European, evidence based think‐tank with expertise in youth matters, we also strongly agree and support the Commission’s statement that victims, which includes young people, must be protected and enjoy minimum level of rights and human rights without discrimination across the EU irrespective of their nationality or country of residence. However, we are concerned with the proposed Directive on Victims aiming to replace Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA. We strongly support the statement submitted by the European Forum of Restorative Justice. (excerpt)

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