Verb: Remedy or set right an undesirable or unfair situation. The power to redress the grievances of our citizens.
United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
'Victims' means persons who, individually or collectively, have suffered harm, including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or substantial impairment of their fundamental rights, through acts or omissions that are in violation of criminal laws operative within Member States, including those laws proscribing criminal abuse of power. (link to UN Declaration)
A series of reports commissioned by the Queensland and Australian Governments between 1999 and 2004, highlighted the harm which had been suffered by the more than 500 000 children who had been in church, state, foster care, detention centres and adult mental health institutions in the twentieth century.
The Report of Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry), and the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians Reports advocated for an apology from Government, churches and other organisations for the suffering endured by Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
However they also strongly recommended that practical measures be taken up, to acknowledge and try to redress the effects of the harm suffered by these children. Their recommendations included financial redress schemes, the provision of counselling and specialist services, access to personal records, help to trace families, creating opportunities for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants to have a voice, and the construction of memorials.
Many churches have made apologies and have individualised ex gratia payment process for individuals who have experienced abuse in institutions or group homes under their authority.
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