15 Dec ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
In December 2015 the European Commission published a Draft Directive on Combating Terrorism (the “Terrorism Directive”) replacing the EU’s 2002 Framework Decision on combating terrorism (2002/475/JHA). The Directive aims to complement existing anti-terrorism legislation, and includes specific provisions in relation to the rights of victims of terrorism.
Under the proposed Directive (following amendments in July 2016), Member States must adopt specific measures to support, protect and assist victims of terrorism. These include emotional and psychological support, legal, practical and financial information.
They should also invest in targeted training for professionals dealing with victims of terrorism, and take adequate precautions to prevent retaliation against victims and witnesses following testimony in cases of terrorism. Moreover, victims of terrorism are entitled to legal aid and compensation.
Member States should also ensure that victims of terrorism have access to all the relevant information concerning their rights as victims of terrorism, including information about support services and compensation.
For more information on the Directive click here.