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Conference | Seminar

Victims' Rights at A Crossroads

Tuesday 20 June 2023
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

To mark REDRESS’ 30th Anniversary, The Grotius Centre together with REDRESS are collaborating and hosting an interactive discussion and reception to reflect on the rights of victims of international crimes, including the many obstacles that impede their realisation.

Over the last three decades, REDRESS has played a significant role in ensuring the rights of victims of international crimes, including during the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC, which affirmed groundbreaking rights for victims, including their right to receive reparations, to participate in proceedings and to be legally represented.

The discussion will be moderated by renowned activist and former Dutch development minister Lilianne Ploumen, a REDRESS’ Patron. A panel of multidisciplinary experts with expertise and lived experience on the rights of victims of international crimes in legal proceedings, will reflect, among other questions, on the main achievements when it comes to victims’ rights in the last 30 years and the reasons why those achievements and the current legal framework are insufficient to deliver victims’ rights in practice.

During the event, REDRESS will also launch its new Advisory Panel, chaired by Leiden Professor Helen Duffy, which brings together academic experts and practitioners who contribute to REDRESS’ work.

With this event, REDRESS seeks to honour the plight of victims by learning from the past, discuss new strategic directions, and renew the commitment to those affected by torture and other international crimes.

List of speakers and moderator:


Lilianne Ploumen, activist, former Dutch politician, and REDRESS´ Patron.


  • Mohammed Hassan, Founder and Executive Director of the Darfur Network for Human Rights
  • Helen Duffy, Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the Grotius Centre, Leiden University, and REDRESS’ Board member
  • Fiona McKay, Legal Consultant, former Chief of the ICC Victims Participation and Reparations Section, and former REDRESS staff
  • Habib Nassar, Director of Policy and Research at Impunity Watch
  • Deborah Ruiz Verduzco, Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims

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