Comment on the Victims Lecture Question: “Assuming that the ICC chooses to retain victim participation in its processes, how can victims’ representation at the ICC be improved and victims’ rights be protected?”
First off, I would like to say that it is vital to global justice that victim's continue to participate in ICC. Seeking justice for such heinous crimes without amplifying the voice of victims is not right.
The most sensible solution to the issue of victim representation is the two level participation Ms. Ferstman discussed in her lecture; people who just want a voice can do so without getting incredibly involved and going through miles of paper work while people who want to get as involved as they can also have the opportunity to do so.
I also think Ms. Ferstman's point about a collective voice is also important. There would be an incredibly strong impact if a few people could some how be elected to represent the voice of the victims in the court.
If people could voice the wrongdoings committed against them on any level of involvement they see fit as well as select a local government official, a peer, etc to represent them in the ICC trial itself, I see the future of victim representation becoming less of a burden on the ICC and the victims as well as giving the victims a stronger voice.
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