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Expert Seminar on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Madrid, 2-3 December 2008 Proceedings of the Conference [PDF]
An Expert Seminar on the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings took place in Madrid on 2-3 December 2008. The seminar provided technical assistance on the implementation of the measures contained in the Convention and promoted further ratifications of the Convention.
The seminar, which took place in the framework of the Spanish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, was organised by the Gender Equality and Anti-Trafficking Division of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, in co-operation with the Ministry for Equality of Spain, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain and the Spanish Diplomatic School. Ms Bibiana Aido Almagro, Minister for Equality of Spain, Ms Victoria Scola, Special Ambassador of the Spanish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and Mr Angel Lossada, Secretary of State of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation gave opening addresses.
Participants and speakers included national governmental representatives responsible for preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, representatives of academia, as well as representatives of national and international NGOs active in this field.
The first working session of the seminar gave a general overview of the measures contained in the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The following sessions were devoted to specific aspects, including the need for national coordinating bodies for combating trafficking, the necessity to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in preventing trafficking, civil societyís action to prevent trafficking, the question of the identification of victims of trafficking, the recovery and reflection period, the need to criminalise trafficking in human beings, as well as an overview of the monitoring mechanism of the Convention.
Participants exchanged experiences in implementing the measures contained in the Convention and those countries which have not yet ratified the Convention were encouraged to do so. Seminar Proceedings THB-ES-ESP(2008)