Driving Forward Justice: Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU

Concerns over impunity and safe havens have led to increased efforts, in Europe and elsewhere, to strengthen systems to hold to account those accused of serious international crimes including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and enforced disappearance.The new EU Directive on minimum standards for the rights, support and protection of victims of crime is meant to help entrench these rights across the region. This Report explains precisely how the Directive applies to victims of serious international crimes, in light of the wording of the Directive itself, and taking into account States’ pre-existing obligations towards victims under international and human rights law.