Guiding Principles for Making Amends Respect for Victims
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Guiding Principles for Making Amends Respect for Victims

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Guiding Principles for Making Amends Respect for Victims




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Guiding Principles for Making Amends Respect for Victims 1. All civilian victims of conflict deserve amends in recognition of their suering and respect for their dignity as human beings. 2. Amends should meaningfully address the harm suered by victims and reflect their needs and preferences. Amends for Harm 3. Each warring party should make amends to civilians for harm it causes them within the lawful parameters of its combat operations, despite having no legal obligation to do so. Victims should receive amends for harm including death, physical or

mental injury, and destruction and/or confiscation of civilian property or property essential to their livelihood. 4. Amends can take a variety of forms including apologies, monetary payments, in-kind assistance, livelihood assistance programs, and other dignifying gestures. 5. The form and substance of amends should be culturally appropriate and in accor dance with victims’ needs and preferences. Legal Consequences 6. The acceptance of amends does not disqualify victims from pursuing any applicable legal claims against a warring party for alleged violations of domestic or international

law. Conversely, the provision of amends by a warring party is also not in itself evi dence of legal liability for a violation.
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Implementation 7. Warring parties shall establish a procedure that is specifically designed to investigate harm caused to civilians and provide the appropriate amends to those harmed. 8. The procedure shall ensure the expeditious determination and provision of amends. 9. The procedure shall be accessible to all victims and ensure input from victims, their families, and their communities. 10. The procedure should be transparent to ensure

accountability. 11. In the case of a civilian’s death or incapacitation, family members and dependents, as defined by local custom and law, shall be provided with amends. 12. When multiple warring parties are responsible for civilian harm, each should ensure victims receive full and appropriate amends. 13. When the responsible warring party is unable to provide prompt and adequate amends, it should seek assistance to ensure victims receive amends. Treatment of Victims 14. Victims shall be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion in accordance with the full range of their human

rights. 15. When undertaking action on these principles, warring parties shall ensure the safety, security, and privacy of victims and their families. Non-Discrimination 16. The determination and provision of amends shall be in a manner consistent with the principle of non-discrimination as defined in international human rights law. To learn more visit www.civiliansinconflict.org or email sahr@civiliansinconflict.org