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Council of Europe Campaign to combat trafficking in human beings

Other activities organised within the context of the Campaign

Conference on the monitoring mechanism of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Strasbourg, 8-9 November 2007

In preparation for the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No 197), the Council of Europe member states, observer states, international governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations were invited to participate in this conference to contribute to the setting up of the monitoring mechanism of the Convention (GRETA and Committee of the Parties).
Conference Proceedings: (EG-THB-CONF)

Action against trafficking in human beings in Montenegro: protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers, Kolasin, 5-6 July 2007

A seminar on "Action against trafficking in human beings in Montenegro: protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers" was held in Kolasin on 5-6 July 2007. It 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 National Co-ordinator for combating trafficking in human beings.

This seminar was a follow-up to the seminar organised in April 2006 by the same partners on "Non-legislative measures to prevent trafficking in human beings and strengthen the protection of victims". It focused on the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings dealing with the protection of victims and prosecution, and aimed, inter alia, to assist the public authorities of Montenegro in their preparations for the ratification of the Convention.

Seminar on the Misuse of the Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings, Strasbourg, 7-8 June 2007

The Council of Europe has prepared a study on the misuse of internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings. In order to contribute to the preparation of this study, the seminar held in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 June 2007 discussed the different methods used for the recruitment of victims on the internet and possible legislative, administrative and technical measures to combat this misuse. Representatives of the countries which had ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, EUROPOL, EUROJUST, national polices forces and non-governmental organisations attended the seminar. This activity was financed through a voluntary contribution from Monaco.
Link to Study ; Seminar proceedings (EG-THB-INT(2007) ACTES)

Girl Child Victims of Trafficking, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 1 March 2007

The Equality Division of the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations, on behalf of the San Marino Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe, jointly organised a side-event on "Girl Child Victims of Trafficking" which took place on 1 March 2007 on the occasion of the 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) (New York, 26 February – 9 March 2007).
The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197) contains specific measures to reduce children’s vulnerability to trafficking and special measures to protect child victims of trafficking. The side-event was devoted to these measures.
The event was chaired by Ambassador Daniele D. Bodini, Permanent Representative of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations and the introductory speech was given by Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Keynote speakers included Ms Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. More on the event in New York

Seminar on the Promotion of the signature and ratification by the Russian Federation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, Moscow, 15-16 November 2006

This seminar was a follow-up to the seminar held in Moscow in December 2004, on “Action against trafficking in human beings in the Russian Federation: towards an action plan”. Proceedings have been published in English and Russian.

The aims of the seminar were to raise awareness and inform the Federal authorities of the main provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, in view of its signature and further ratification by the Russian Federation. It brought together representatives of the relevant ministries of the Federal Government and of the relevant Commissions of the State Duma. Programme

Seminar on non-legislative measures for preventing trafficking in human beings and strengthening the protection of victims in Montenegro, Igola, 26-28 April 2006

This seminar was a follow-up to the 2003 Report of the Council of Europe and OSCE Independent Experts on the “Case of the Moldovian woman”. It was organised in co-operation with the National Co-ordinator for the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

It brought together approximately 30 national and local officials, representatives of the various relevant Ministries and local entities, as well as NGOs. The presentations, discussions and adopted conclusions highlighted progress made and steps still to be undertaken, both regarding prevention of trafficking in human beings and the protection of victims. The proceedings will be published in English and Montenegrin. Programme of the seminar

Regional Seminar on Guidelines for a co-ordinated action against trafficking in human beings in South Caucasus, Tbilisi, 22-23 February 2006

This seminar was a follow-up to the regional seminar held in Tbilisi, in November 2002, on “Co-ordinated action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation: towards a regional action plan” (proceedings published).

The 2006 seminar aimed to have an overview of the progress made since 2002, and to make some steps towards a co-ordinated action against trafficking in human beings in South Caucasus. In addition to the three South Caucasian countries, Turkey was invited to send a delegation to participate in this seminar. The proceedings are in preparation. Programme of the seminar