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.

News


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...]

Link to event website


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.

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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...]

Forthcoming events

- Round-table Portugal, Lisbon (30 October)

- 21st GRETA meeting (17-21 November)

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

- Calendar 2014

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Victims' Rights

Monitoring Mechanism

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...]


GRETA's 20th meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 20th meeting from 30 June to 4 July 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. [More...]

List of decisions

 


GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Germany

24 June 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 Germany from 13 to 20 June 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...]


 20 June 2014 - World Refugee Day

Victims of trafficking in human beings are too often deprived of their right to international protection

Strasbourg, 20 June 2014 - On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) expresses deep concern that victims of trafficking are often denied international protection in Europe. “A victim of trafficking may be subject to persecution once back in her/his country because of belonging to a particular social group as defined by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or for having denounced the traffickers”, warns Nicolas Le Coz, President of GRETA. [More...]


GRETA participates in two side events during the UN Human Rights Council session

Strasbourg, 16 June 2014 - The President of GRETA, Nicolas Le Coz, spoke at two side events on combating trafficking in human beings during the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. [More...]

 

 


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Norway

A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Norway took place in Oslo on 4 June 2014.

The meeting was co-organised by the Anti-Trafficking Division of the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. [More...]

 


 GRETA launches second evaluation round
 
Strasbourg, 15 May 2014 – Today GRETA launched the second evaluation round of implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by sending the new questionnaire  to the first three parties to be evaluated (Austria, Cyprus and the Slovak Republic). 
 
Following the first round of monitoring, which provided an overview of the implementation of the Convention by each state party, GRETA decided that the second round would examine the impact of legislative, policy and practical measures on the prevention of trafficking, the protection of the rights of victims of trafficking, and the prosecution of traffickers. In addition, particular attention will be paid to measures taken to address new trends in human trafficking and the vulnerability of children to trafficking.
 
GRETA has drawn up a provisional timetable for the second round of evaluation of the implementation of the Convention.  States parties are required to reply to the questionnaire within a period of five months from the date of sending.


 Greece becomes 42nd party to the Convention

On 11 April 2014 Greece ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Greece on 1 August 2014.

The Convention has been ratified by 41 Council of Europe member States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Late last year Belarus acceded to the Convention as the first non-member State.

The Convention has also been signed but not yet ratified by two Council of Europe member States:  Estonia and Turkey.



Trafficking in human beings - a severe form of violence against women and girls and a flagrant violation of human rights:
the Council of Europe response
 
A Side Event at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations

Monday 10 March 2014, 1.15 – 2.45
CR1 Conference Building, UN Headquarters, New York 

Event special file

Link to CSW 58 website


Conference “Not for Sale – Joining Forces against Trafficking in Human Beings”

17 – 18 February 2014, Vienna

Organised by the Council of Europe and the OSCE on the occasion of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe and the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship. [more...]

Link to the OSCE webpage on the conference


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