Victims of terrorist acts, with their specific physical, material,
emotional and psychological needs, must be afforded adequate protection
and support, and their dignity and human rights must be fully upheld.
The report notes that a number of existing legal instruments have
not been fully implemented and put in practice and stresses the
need for a more consistent and systematic approach to protecting
and supporting victims of terrorism throughout Council of Europe
member States. Council of Europe member and observer States and States
whose parliaments enjoy observer or partner for democracy status
with the Parliamentary Assembly are therefore invited to take a
number of measures related to the recognition of the status of victims
of terrorism, specific support at the national and international
level, as well as co-operation with civil society.
The European Union is also invited to ensure that the European
Union Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism also embraces
a pan-European dimension and co-ordinates its activities with the
Council of Europe and to examine, in consultation with the Council
of Europe, the possibility of adopting a European charter of the
rights of the victims of terrorism to facilitate recognition, communication
and co-ordination in the wider Europe.
Finally, the Committee of Ministers is invited to call on
all Council of Europe member States to show a more sustained commitment
to ensure an adequate protection of victims of terrorist acts.