An international seminar organized by the OSCE Office on protection mechanisms for victims of human trafficking started in Baku today.
The two-day event aims at building the capacity of judges, prosecutors, and lawyers to prosecute for human trafficking and forced labour, as well as the protection of victims of trafficking.
"It is important to ensure that all parties involved in counter-trafficking acknowledge the vulnerability of victims", said Ambassador Koray Targay, Head of the OSCE Office in Baku, in his opening speech. "A victim protection system should be put in place that would not criminalize victims for the offences they were forced to commit while being trafficked". […]
The European Commission, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) today publish the conclusions of the Regional Conference on Access to Civil Registration and Documentation in South-Eastern Europe, held on 25 October 2013 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
The conclusions take stock of developments two years after the Zagreb Declaration, addressing civil status documentation and registration in South-Eastern Europe, was adopted in October 2011. They list the remaining steps to solve the issue of undocumented people in the region.
The Zagreb Declaration led to positive developments, including legislative amendments facilitating civil registration and documentation and bilateral co-operation. However, there remain obstacles to civil registration and documentation that demand comprehensive and systemic solutions. […]
Today the closing ceremony of the 9th Staff Course for border officials from 18 countries was held at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe.
Twenty-six mid and senior-level officers of border, customs and drug control agencies from Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia and Ukraine attended the course.
The one-month training aimed at strengthening the capacities of border security practitioners. The training was designed and conducted in line with the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept. It integrates modern border management techniques and equips participants with thorough knowledge in border security and management. The course included sessions on combatting transnational threats and risks, trade facilitation and customs management, countering terrorism and extremism, integrity and anti-corruption, money laundering, trafficking in human beings, refugees and migration, as well as gender and leadership in border management. […]
Lawyers and legal practitioners from six countries gathered to share good practices in providing accessible and effective legal assistance to trafficked persons, during a regional seminar organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Istanbul on 23 and 24 October 2013.
The seminar brought together legal experts from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan who specialize in providing legal assistance to trafficked persons. They discussed experiences, good practices and challenges in such areas as the provision of pro-bono legal aid, co-operation with state institutions and the private sector, national legal frameworks, access of trafficked persons to free legal aid and the ability of trafficking victims to claim compensation.
The experts worked together to develop recommendations for states, civil society, private lawyers, law firms and bar associations on improving access to legal assistance and remedy for trafficking victims. […]
The OSCE Office in Baku has announced today the results of the contest for media reports highlighting the problems of human trafficking and forced labour in Azerbaijan.
The contest organizers sought to identify the best investigative reports on human trafficking produced from January 2012 to August 2013 in three categories: sexual exploitation, forced labour and child exploitation. An evaluation committee representing international and civil society organizations reviewed some 30 articles submitted by journalists from various print and online media outlets and selected three winners. […]