16.09.2011 - The Council
of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking
in Human Beings (GRETA) has released two evaluation reports
on trafficking in human beings, on Austria and Cyprus.
GRETA exhorts the Austrian authorities to pay more attention
to certain categories of victims, in particular, child victims
of trafficking, and to develop a system for the identification
of child victims, providing them with emergency assistance as
well as medium and long term support through programmes tailored
to the child victims’ needs.
Earlier this week, GRETA also published a report on Cyprus, a
country that is taking actions to prevent trafficking of human beings.
The National Action Plan against Trafficking of Human Beings for 2010-2012
includes awareness raising plans specifically aimed at school children, the
media, and potential victims of trafficking. On this report, it is noted that
a reform of the school curricula is under development, where a multidisciplinary
approach to human rights and sexual education will be promoted.
Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland commented the
release of these reports emphasising that “every day, across Europe, men,
women and children are being traded as a commodity for the purpose of exploitation.
With the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings,
governments have at their disposal a comprehensive tool to fight this modern form of slavery”.
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