Action against Trafficking in Human Beings


Council of Europe Campaign to combat trafficking in human beings



In the framework of the Campaign, eleven regional information and awareness raising seminars were organised by the Gender Equality and Anti-Trafficking Division of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe. The seminars were attended on average between 100 and 150 participants, including representatives from governments, national parliaments and non-governmental organisations.

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Measures to Protect and Promote the Rights of Victims, London, 10- 11 December 2007

The eleventh seminar was organised in London in co-operation with the Home Office. Participating member states: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom. Seminar proceedings (EG-THB-SEM 11 (2008)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Measures to Protect and Promote the Rights of Victims, Belgrade, 18-19 October 2007

The tenth seminar was organised in Belgrade in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior of Serbia and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade. Participating member states: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. Seminar proceeding (EG-THB-SEM 10 (2007))

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Criminal and Procedural Measures, Paris 27-28 September 2007

The ninth seminar was organised in Paris with the Ministry of Justice of France. Participating member states: Albania, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. (EG-THB-SEM 9 (2007))

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Measures to Prevent, Protect and Prosecute, Yerevan, 5-6 September 2007

The eighth seminar was organised in Yerevan in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia. Participating member states: Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Romania and the Russian Federation. Seminar proceedings EG-THB-SEM 8(2008)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Measures to Protect and Promote the Rights of Victims, Berlin, 19-20 April 2007

The seventh seminar was organised in Berlin in co-operation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany, and with the support of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, and Mr Holger Haibach, Member of the German Bundestag.

Participating member states: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Proceedings of the Berlin Seminar (EG-THB-SEM7)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Nicosia, 15-16 February 2007

The sixth seminar organised in Nicosia in co-operation with the Ministry of the Interior of Cyprus. Participating member states: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Proceedings of the Nicosia Seminar (EG-THB-SEM6)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Athens, 5-6 December 2006

The fifth seminar was organised in Athens in co-operation with General Secretariat for Gender Equality of the Ministry of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation of Greece.

Participating member states : Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. Proceedings of the Athens Seminar (EG-THB-SEM5)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Oslo, 1-2 November 2006

The fourth seminar was organised in Oslo in co-operation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police. Participating member states: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. Proceedings of the Oslo Seminar (EG-THB-SEM4)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Rome, 19-20 October 2006

The third seminar was organised in Rome in co-operation with the Department of Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy.

Participating member states: Albania, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.

The seminar was opened by Ms Barbara Pollastrini, Minister for Rights and Equal Opportunities of Italy, Andrea Manzella, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Mr Jan Kleijssen, Director, Directorate General of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. Proceedings of the Rome Seminar (EG-THB-SEM3)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Riga, 21-22 September 2006

The second seminar was organised in Riga in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of the Interior.

It brought together nearly 60 national officials with expertise in human rights and with expertise in criminal and prosecution matters, as well as representatives of NGOs, from Austria, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine and representatives of the Council of Europe, OSCE, CBSS and IOM.

The seminar substantiated the Council of Europe Convention as an efficient instrument for combating trafficking in human beings by means of its multi-disciplinary approach incorporating measures for preventing trafficking, protecting the human rights of victims and prosecuting traffickers. It constituted a valuable opportunity for participants to exchange and share their experiences of national legislative measures and policies to combating trafficking in human beings. Proceedings of the Riga Seminar (EG-THB-SEM2)

Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: Prevention, Protection and Prosecution, Bucharest, 4-5 April 2006

The first regional information and awareness rising seminar in the context of the Campaign was organised in Bucharest on 4-5 April 2006 in the framework of the Romanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

In addition to the Romanian authorities, the following countries participated in the seminar: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Netherlands, Serbia and Montenegro, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and Ukraine.
Proceedings of the Bucharest Seminar (EG-THB-SEM1)