Photos from the Event

On the weekend of 18 and 19 September 2021 in Bern, victims’ groups from all over Europe, as well as academics and NGOs, have travelled to Switzerland to launch the “Justice Initiative”. With this political initiative, abuse of children, especially in state and church institutions, is to be comprehensively dealt with for the first time in all European countries. This political initiative draws collective attention to a suppressed part of history and to the victims who are still suffering today because of the abuse and the lack of public recognition. At the end of the symposium the representatives from all over Europe signed a joint declaration to promote public recognition of the injustice, reparations and scientific reappraisal.

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Video Statements

To this day, cases of child abuse have not been dealt with in most European countries. This must now change. Victims’ groups from all over Europe, as well as academics and NGOs, have travelled to Switzerland to tell their stories and together they launched the “Justice Initiative”. In the following videos representatives tell us, why they support the “Justice Initiative”.

Ana Cristina & Leticia de la Hoz

Conrad Bryan

Gabriela Lupea

Lyes Louffok

Oona Colin

Tinia Apergi

Vjolica Krasniqi

Dominik Büchel

Julie Crutchley

Matthias Katsch

Nina Vaaranen-Valkonen

Paula Paçó

Sabine Andresen

Tiia Hipp & Saga Luoma

Urs Germann

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