Revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive: Urgent call to EU negotiators to strengthen rights of all victims of crime regardless of residence status

WAVE joins PICUM and La Strada International as well as over 40 organisations in calling for the revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive to strengthen rights of all victims of crime regardless of residence status. The European Union has long recognised the need to protect all victims of crime without discrimination. However, a paradox emerges when victim rights are juxtaposed with the EU’s migration policy: immigration control is prioritised over a person’s rights and needs. Being undocumented, or having an insecure residence status, makes people susceptible to mistreatment, abuse and severe forms of exploitation, including human trafficking and forced labour.

Now, more than ever, the EU must stand firmly against discrimination, ensuring justice, support, and protection for all victims of crime. We stand ready to collaborate with the EU institutions to create a future where victim rights are inviolable, no matter who they are or whatever residence status they have.

Joint Statement on the Revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive

Read the joint statement here.

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