Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

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Trafficking in human beings violates the rights and affects the lives of countless people in Europe and beyond. The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which entered into force on 1 February 2008, aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, protect victims of trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and promote co-ordination of national actions and international co-operation. The countries which have signed up to the Convention are monitored by the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). The Council of Europe also supports governments in the implementation of the Convention and the recommendations emerging from its monitoring process.

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GRETA's 21st meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 21st meeting from 17-21 November 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

GRETA approved draft reports concerning the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Germany, Finland, Hungary and Lithuania. [More...]

List of decisions


President of GRETA addresses 3rd INTERPOL Global Trafficking in Human Beings Conference

The 3rd INTERPOL Global Trafficking in Human Beings Conference took place on 12-14 November in Lyon, France.
In a keynote address made at the opening of the conference, the President of GRETA, Nicolas Le Coz, said: “Victims not only need to be identified, but also protected, especially when they are testifying against their traffickers. [More...]

Link to conference page 


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Montenegro

A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first evaluation report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Montenegro took place in Podgorica on 13 November 2014. [More...]

Forthcoming events

- 15th meeting of the Committee of the Parties (5 December) - Election of two GRETA members

- Calendar 2014

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Council of Europe and OSCE recall the responsibility of businesses and governments to prevent exploitation and combat human trafficking
 
The Council of Europe and the OSCE organised a joint side event in Vienna on 4 November 2014 on measures that businesses, civil society and governments can take to prevent trafficking in human beings for labour exploitation. [More...]

OSCE side event page 


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Portugal

On 30 October 2014 the Anti-Trafficking Division of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking and the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality of Portugal, organised a round-table meeting in Lisbon for some 40 representatives of relevant ministries, public agencies and non-governmental organisations. [More...]


 Forthcoming elections of GRETA members

The terms of office of two of the 15 current members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will expire on 31 December 2014. The elections to fill the vacant seats will be held at the15th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings on 5 December 2014.

Link to table of candidates


World Bank Law, Justice and Development Week 2014: GRETA President at session on human trafficking

On 22 October 2014 a session entitled “Human Trafficking: Development Threat and Human Rights Violation” took place as part of the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2014 in Washington, USA. This session discussed trends, good practices, gaps and the way forward to combat this phenomenon. [More...]

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8th European Anti-Trafficking Day - “It is traffickers in human beings that must be brought to justice and not their victims”

18 October 2014 – On the eighth European Anti-Trafficking Day the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) draws attention to a major difficulty encountered in most of the 35 European states it has monitored so far: the lack of proper procedures to identify victims of trafficking. [More...]

 


Protecting the Victims of Human Trafficking in Canada and Europe

On 16 October 2014 the conference “Protecting the Victims of Human Trafficking in Canada and Europe” will take place at the University of Ottawa. It is organised jointly by the Swiss and Austrian Embassies, in collaboration with the Centre for International Policy Studies, and will feature experts from the Council of Europe, the OSCE, European and Canadian governments and universities, and NGOs.

View the conference programme

Link to conference website


Council of Europe and OSCE join forces to protect human trafficking victims’ rights

Strasbourg, 9 October 2014 – The Council of Europe and the OSCE launched today a joint two-day workshop th­­­at brings together judges and prosecutors to discuss key challenges in supporting the legal rights of human trafficking victims.[More...]

Programme

List of participants
Presentations


GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Switzerland

7 October 2014 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Switzerland from 29 September to 3 October 2014. 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. [More...]


GRETA publishes first report on Iceland

Strasbourg, 23 September 2014 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Iceland.

In its report, GRETA welcomes the steps taken by Iceland to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, such as the adoption of legislation and two national action plans as well as the setting-up of co-ordination structures. [More...]

Link to the report 


First GRETA report on Italy

Strasbourg, 22 September 2014 - The Italian authorities have taken important steps to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, but a number of challenges remain, according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA. [More...]

Link to the report


GRETA publishes first report on Ukraine

Strasbourg, 19 September 2014 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Ukraine. [More...]

Link to the report


First GRETA report on Andorra

Strasbourg, 18 September 2014 – In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA, notes that Andorra is about to adopt legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings and considers it crucial that it is done without delay. [More...]

Link to the report


First GRETA report on San Marino

Strasbourg, 15 September 2014 - San Marino has adopted legislation criminalising trafficking in human beings, but important challenges remain, according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s expert group on human trafficking, GRETA. [More...]

Link to the report


GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Hungary

17 July 2014 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Hungary from 8 to 11 July 2014. 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. [More...]


14th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 14th meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was held in Strasbourg on 7 July 2014.

On the basis of GRETA's reports, the Committee of the Parties adopted recommendations addressed to the Government of
Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Sweden and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia". [More...]


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