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2005) World Society of Victimology Press Conference. UN Congress on Prevention of Crime and Criminal Justice. Bangkok. 22 April 2005. html. Legislation and Treaties Europe Framework Decision on the Standing of Victims in Criminal Proceedings. (2001) Official Journal L 82, 22 March 2001. United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. N. Doc. A/40/53. Convention on the Rights of the Child. N. Doc, A/44/49, entered into force 2 September 1990. Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Today in every part of Rwanda, village communities get together in the shade of a tree to listen to surviving victims and suspected offenders. The rules of procedure are few. Those victims and offenders were neighbors; the offenders killed, raped and often infected victims with AIDS. When the community justice is finished, the offender will often apologize, express shame and make some reparation. The offender will also receive a prison sanction but likely of shorter duration and sooner than if he had waited for the classic system of justice.

14 Prosecutors shall consult with victims when proposing bail decisions and negotiating pleas from the accused. 15 Prosecutors and the judiciary shall always consider the award of compensation from the offender and explain the reasons to the victim if compensation cannot be awarded. Apprehensions of the victim about future victimization 16 The police shall ask the victim about her fears of further victimization and details of her loss, damage or injury. The police and the Magistrates may take this into consideration when making their decisions.

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