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IJP President discusses the role of victims at the International Criminal Court

“Raymond M. Brown, who represents victims from Darfur in the case against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, argues that with a trend towards assigning victim representation to the [Office of Public Counsel for Victims (OPCV)] rather than allowing people to choose their counsel, ‘The effect is to make victims less visible and less dynamic in the victim participation process.'”[…]

“At a time when the court was seeking to establish itself as a force for good and work with supporters in a range of countries, reducing the involvement of external lawyers was ‘an opportunity lost,’ he said.”[…]

“The proper use and engagement of external counsel was a way for the ICC to engage with the human rights community across the globe,” Brown said. “To the extent that the role of counsel is broadly diminished, the court is injuring itself.”

Read full article by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) HERE

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