Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Reference Texts of other international organisations

United Nations Treaties

International Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in Women and Children (1921)

Slavery Convention (1926)

Protocol amending the Slavery Convention (23 October 1953)

Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and institutions and practices similarly to slavery (1956)

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of others (1949)

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW - 1979)

Optional protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (1999)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (2000)

United Nations Convention against transnational organized crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, UN 2000

European Union Instruments


Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA

Council Directive 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004 on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities

Framework decision

Council Framework Decision of 19 July 2002 on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OJ L203 - 1 August 2002)

Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings

Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography

Resolutions and Decisions

Resolution of the Council of 23 November 1995 on the protection of witnesses in the fight against international organised crime

European Parliament resolution on trafficking in human beings (OJ C032 - 5 February 1996)

Council Resolution of 20 December 1996 on individuals who cooperate with the judicial process in the fight against international organized crime

Council Decision of 3 December 1998 supplementing the definition of the form of crime 'traffic in human beings' in the Annex to the Europol Convention (OJ C 026 30 January 1999)

European Parliament resolution on the communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament 'For further actions in the fight against trafficking in women' (A5-0127-2000)

Council Resolution on the contribution of civil society in finding missing or sexually exploited children (OJ C283 9 October 2001)

Council Resolution 2003/C 260/03 on initiatives to combat trafficking in human beings, in particular women

Council Decision 2000/375/JHA to combat child pornography on the Internet (2000)

International Labour Organization

C 29 Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour Convention (1930)

C 105 - Convention concerning the abolition of Forced Labour (1957)

C 182 - Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (1999)


OSCE Decision No.557 Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings

Related Documents

Anti-Trafficking declaration of SEE (Palermo, 13 December 2000)

European Commission: Trafficking in women: a comprehensive European strategy (2001)

Proposal for a Comprehensive Plan to combat illegal immigration and trafficking of human beings in the European Union (2002/ C142/ 02

Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Economic and Social Council (20 May 2002)

Brussels declaration on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings

EU plan on best practices, standards and procedures for combating and preventing trafficking in human beings