Subject: "UNMIT: Reparations key to justice

From "UNMIT Weekly" No. 36 36.weekly.english.040408.pdf 

Reparations key to justice

A two-day consultation was held at UNMIT last week to discuss reparations for victims of serious human rights violations committed between 1974 and 1999. More than 30 parliamentarians and key members of civil society participated in the consultations which were held to help the Government set up a victims reparations programme, as recommended by the Chega! Report of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR).

The Chega! Report, presented by the CAVR to the President in 2005, features more than 8000 testimonies of human rights violations, and makes recommendations to the State, including the need to establish a reparations programme for individuals and communities.

According to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Finn Reske-Nielsen, reparations play an important role in redressing past abuses. "Reparations are a meaningful form of justice because they recognize the harm and suffering of the individual which for many is essential to help them regain confidence," said Mr Reske-Nielsen.

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