On 11 May 2011, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) gazetted regulations for the payment of educational assistance and health benefits exclusively to victims identified by the TRC. The regulations were gazetted after a very superficial consultation process with victims and other stakeholders.
Significantly, the London-based organisation, REDRESS, that coordinates the Victims Rights Working Group at the International Criminal Court, today published the outcomes of its consultative work on the rights of victims of gross human rights violations. The report is called Justice for Victims: The ICC's Reparations Mandate.
The report supports the position of Khulumani Support Group that has consistently advocated for deadlines to be extended as necessary to include all victims who suffered gross human rights violations. Furthermore, the report highlights the importance of establishing dedicated strategies to notify victims and it calls for targeted outreach to victims to be conducted.