Hailed by local and international HR champions:
Witness Protection Bill to compensate crime victims
The Witness Protection Bill now before Parliament proposes a special
fund to compensate victims of crime and also the setting up of a special
division under the IGP to provide speedy assistance to victims in need,
official sources said.
The Bill titled, “Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime
and Witnesses” drafted by the Justice Ministry in keeping with the LLRC
recommendations has been hailed by local and international human rights
The sources said the Bill which was challenged in the Supreme Court
claiming that it was against Article 121 (1) of the Constitution, has
now been cleared by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court conveyed to
Parliament last week that it was consistent with the Constitution.
However, it proposed a few amendments to the original Bill.
The Bill also proposes to create new offences that may be committed
against victims of crime and witnesses and the establishment of a
mechanism to inquire into the complaints of harassment and violation of
It will also recognise and set out the rights of victims of crime and
A new agency will be set up to administer the provisions of the Bill.