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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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Statement by GRETA on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Current management of the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region must not be disconnected from obligations to combat trafficking in human beings

Strasbourg, 30.07.2015 – On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) expresses deep concern at the current humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean region, which may fuel trafficking in human beings.

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violent conflicts are taking dangerous sea and land routes. While most of these people are being transported by smugglers who do not seek their exploitation, many of them are at high risk of falling victim to human trafficking in the process. These migrants are frequently subjected to discrimination and face barriers in accessing assistance, making them an easy prey for traffickers and exploiters in the countries where they seek asylum or in transit countries. Unaccompanied and separated children are particularly vulnerable to fall into the webs of traffickers, and are less likely to be identified as victims of trafficking in screening procedure. [More...]


GRETA's 23rd meeting

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 23rd meeting from 29 June to 3 July 2015 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. [More...]

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GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Georgia

29 June 2015 - 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 Georgia from 22 to 26 June 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011. [More...]


Forthcoming events

- Calendar 2015

Forthcoming GRETA evaluation visits:

- Montenegro (12-16 October)

- Romania (12-16 October)

- United Kingdom (23-30 October)

- Armenia (30 November - 4 December)

Next events

- 24th GRETA meeting
(16-20 November)

- 17th Committe of the Parties
(30 November)

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Victims' Rights

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International Conference on the interface between protection of victims of trafficking in human beings and asylum

 26 June 2015 – The Council of Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Bulgarian National Commission for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation together organised an International Conference held in Sofia from 23 to 24 June 2015 on “the interface between protection of victims of trafficking in human beings and asylum”. [More...]

 

 


 Conference “Human Trafficking: Transitions and Transformations – Focus on Victims’ Rights”

Strasbourg, 16 June 2015 – A conference organised today at the Council of Europe marked the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.   The Convention was opened for signature on 16 May 2005 in Warsaw. It has so far been ratified by 43 countries (42 Council of Europe member States and Belarus).

In his opening statement, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called on the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Russia and Turkey to sign and ratify the Convention. [More...]

Link to the dedicated conference page

 


 16th meeting of the Committee of the Parties

The 16th 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 15 June 2015. [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Albania

 8 June 2015 - 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 Albania from 1 to 5 June 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011. [More...]


First GRETA report on Lithuania

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Strasbourg, 5 June 2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Lithuania. [More...]


GRETA publishes first report on Finland

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Strasbourg, 4 June 2015 – The Finnish 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...]


First GRETA report on Germany

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Strasbourg, 3 June 2015 - In its first report on Germany published today, the Council of Europe’s expert body on trafficking in human beings, GRETA, calls on the German authorities to improve the proactive identification of victims of trafficking and to ensure that adequate assistance is provided to all victims, including those subjected to labour exploitation. [More...]


GRETA publishes first report on Hungary

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Strasbourg, 29 May 2015 – The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation on Hungary. [More...]


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Ireland

 A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s first report on Ireland took place in Dublin on 27 May 2015. The meeting was organised by the Council of Europe’s Anti-Trafficking Division in collaboration with the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality of Ireland. [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation round visit to Denmark

26 May 2015 - 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 Denmark from 18 to 22 May 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) since the first evaluation visit by GRETA in 2011 (link to GRETA report on Denmark). [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to the Republic of Moldova

20 May 2015 - 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 the Republic of Moldova from 11 to 15 May 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011. [More...]


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Serbia

 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 Serbia took place in Belgrade on 19 May 2015. [More...]


Second workshop for judges and prosecutors on the non-punishment provision

28 April 2015 – The Council of Europe and the OSCE organised for the second time a joint workshop for judges and prosecutors on enhancing the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings. [More...]


 

Human trafficking: Many European states not doing enough for child victims

Strasbourg, 16.04.2015 - In its Fourth General Report, published today, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) provides an analysis of trends, gaps and best practices identified in GRETA’s 35 country-by-country reports published between 2011 and 2014 as part of the first evaluation round of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. [More...]

Video of CoE Journal interview

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Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in Slovenia

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 Slovenia took place in Ljubljana on 17 April 2015. [More...]


Round-table to support anti-trafficking efforts in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

On 8 April 2015 the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the National Commission for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Migration, organised a round-table meeting in Skopje for some 25 representatives of relevant governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations.[More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Croatia

18 March 2015 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a second evaluation visit to Croatia from 9 to 12 March 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011 (GRETA report on Croatia). [More...]


GRETA’s second evaluation visit to Bulgaria
 
2 March 2015 - 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 Bulgaria from 23 to 27 February 2015. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation by GRETA in 2011 (GRETA report on Bulgaria). [More...]


Estonia becomes 43rd party to the Convention

On 5 February 2015 Estonia ratified the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention will enter into force as regards Estonia on 1 June 2015.

The Convention has been ratified by 42 Council of Europe member States: Albania, Andorra, Armenia,  Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland France, Georgia, Greece Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of MoldovaMontenegro, the Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal,  Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraineand the United Kingdom. In 2013, Belarus acceded to the Convention as the first non-member State.

The Convention has also been signed but not yet ratified by one Council of Europe member State: Turkey.


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