Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Norway
30.05.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Norway from 21 to 24 May 2012. The visit was organised 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 (2010-2013).

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with officials from the Ministries of Justice and Civil Security; Labour and Social Inclusion; Foreign Affairs; Local Government and Regional Development; Children, Equality and Social Inclusion; Health and Care Services; Education and Research; and Defence. Further, meetings were held with representatives of the Co-ordinating Unit for Victims of Trafficking, the National Police, the National Courts Administration, the Norwegian Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the Labour Inspection Authority, the Hvalstad Transit Centre for unaccompanied minors and the municipality of Oslo. The GRETA delegation also met with representatives of the offices of the Ombudsman for Children, the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud and the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and protecting human rights, as well as members of the Norwegian Bar Association and researchers. Discussions were also held with representatives of the offices of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Norway.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited a crisis centre in Oslo where victims of trafficking are accommodated and a safe house for victims of trafficking ran by Nadheim Church City Mission, both of which are funded by the Norwegian authorities.

The visit was carried out by Ms Nell Rasmussen and Ms Alexandra Malangone, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Carolina Lasén Diaz of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the Norwegian authorities to GRETA’s questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Norway and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Norwegian authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETA’s final report will be made public, together with eventual comments by the Norwegian authorities.

Media coverage

- Bergens Tidende - 07/05/2013

- Aftenposten – NTB - 07/05/2013