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Updated 06/23/2006

Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law

The result of more than 15 years of work by independent experts, the Basic Principles and Guidelines were created in response to recent conflicts that have been resolved with truth commissions but have left victims of human rights abuses without avenues to demand reparation. The Basic Principles and Guidelines, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on Dec. 16, 2005, clarify the scope of the right to a remedy and outline what can be done to achieve it. They allow not only for monetary compensation but for other forms of redress, including restitution, compensation, rehabilitation and guarantees of nonrepetition.  

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Full text of the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law