The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions is awarded to the Human Rights Center and eight other extraordinary organizations during a ceremony in Chicago last summer. (Pictured from left to right: Stephen Smith Cody, Julie Freccero, Alexa Koenig, Keith Hiatt, and Kim Thuy Seelinger.)
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Human Rights Center submits ‘friend of the court’ brief in case against Chad’s Habré
The Human Rights Center worked with a group of leading experts to submit an amicus brief in the case of former Chad dictator Hissène Habré in the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal, urging the court to revise charges to include sexual violence crimes. Signatories included Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr. Kelly Askin, George Kegoro, Dr. Patricia Sellers, and Professor Beth Van Schaack. Read an article about the brief by The Guardian’s Celeste Hicks.
Please find here the amicus in French and English:
New Human Rights Center study calls on the world to increase support for victims
A multi-country study of more than 600 survivors of war crimes and crimes against humanity—The Victims’ Court? A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court—was issued by the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, during the Assembly of States Parties meeting in The Hague on November 20. Berkeley’s study finds that meaningful victim participation at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hinges on greater investment by member states in outreach and educational programs, so that victims can more fully understand their rights under the Rome Statute. Presently, most victim participants have insufficient knowledge to make informed decisions about their participation in trials.
Download the full report: The Victims’ Court? A Study of 622 Victim Participants at the International Criminal Court
Download the executive summary: Victims’ Court? Executive Summary
Read Stephen Smith Cody’s piece in Justice in Conflict: The ICC, A Victims’ Court? It Could Happen