Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Council of Europe anti-trafficking monitoring body visits Albania

07/02/2011- A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to Albania from 31 January to 3 February 2011, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country.

This was the fifth country visit carried out in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. This round was launched in February 2010 when GRETA addressed a questionnaire to the first 10 Parties to the Convention: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held meetings in Tirana with representatives of relevant ministries and other public bodies. It also met with members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and human rights protection, as well as with other members of civil society dealing with issues of concern to GRETA. The GRETA delegation also visited accommodation facilities for victims of trafficking.

The visit was carried out by Mr Nicolas LE COZ, President of GRETA and Ms Leonor RODRIGUES, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Claudia LAM of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply to the questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing its analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Albania, as well as suggestions concerning the way in which Albania may deal with the problems which have been identified. This draft report shall be transmitted to the Albanian Government for comments before GRETA prepares its final report, which will be made public along with any final comments by the Government.