EU states must now implement a law regarding the protection of victims’ rights across Europe. This originated from the horrifying 2008 case of Robbie Hughes, a young British footballer holidaying in Crete, who was viciously attacked outside a nightclub. Despite slowly recovering from his ordeal, Mr Hughes was left with permanent brain injuries. His mother Maggie Hughes discovered that there was no help, no support nor advice for cross border crime victims, such as herself and her son.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) brought the case to the attention of the European Institutions in 2011, who changed the law so that crime victims are now guaranteed proper support. The EESC held a press conference on this issue on November 19. Owen Stafford went along and spoke with Maggie Hughes, EESC author of the report on Victims rights Kathleen Walker Shaw and Levent Altan of Victims Support Europe (victimsupporteurope.eu)
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