Mireille Widmer, Surviving Gun Violence Project (SGVP)

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"Working with victims and survivors of armed violence"
Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Geneva, Switzerland | 8-9 July 2014

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  • Who are survivors?...

    Definition of the 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles on Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power

    Direct vs. indirect survivors

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  • Very little we know!
  • Need: legislation, services (government or civil society), funding, information/referral (networks!)

    Good news: international norms exist:
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    Health care – Human rights and humanitarian law, WHA resolutions
    Social protection – CRPD, ILO Conventions

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  • Research
  • Mireille Widmer, Surviving Gun Violence Project (SGVP)

    1. 1. + Surviving armed violence Mireille Widmer Surviving Gun Violence Project (SGVP)
    2. 2. + In the Geneva Declaration Participating States agree to “recognize and ensure the rights of victims of armed violence in a non- discriminatory manner, including, inter alia, provision for their adequate care and rehabilitation, as well as their social and economic inclusion” Second Ministerial Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration, 2011, para. 10.e
    3. 3. + Definition Survivors are defined as persons who, individually or collectively, have suffered harm, including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss, or substantial diminution of their fundamental rights due to the misuse of arms or explosives. This includes, where appropriate, the immediate family or dependants of the direct victim and persons who have suffered harm in intervening to assist victims in distress or to prevent victimisation. Adapted from 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
    4. 4. + The issue in numbers 740,000 people killed by armed violence every year 1-8 survivor for every fatality 42-60% of lethal violence committed with firearms
    5. 5. + The issue at a glance Survivor Justice Procedural rights •Legal aid •Women’s desks •Victim-friendly-procedures Substantive rights •Compensation •Reparation Perpetrators Health care Pre-hospital •Trauma response systems Hospital •Emergency trauma care •Rehabilitation •Mental health •Peer support Post discharge •Psychosocial support •Caregivers Social protection Social security •Disability •Health •Livelihoods Social inclusion •Political •Social •Cultural •Economic Employment promotion Material support •Home adaptation •Assistive devices
    6. 6. + Key points  Look at survivors of armed violence, rather than of particular weapons systems  Need legislation, services, funding, and information  Research needed  Inclusion principle: “Nothing about us without us”
    7. 7. + Thank you Mireille Widmer www.survivinggunviolence.org

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