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EG/ATH (2000) 3


1 July 2000


Co-ordinated action against trafficking in human beings in south eastern europe: towards a regional action plan
Athens, 29 June - 1 July 2000






At national level
II. At sub-regional and regional level

The International Seminar on “Co-ordinated action against trafficking in human beings in South Eastern Europe: towards a regional action plan” took place in Athens from 29 June to 1 July 2000, at the invitation of the Greek General Secretariat for Equality of the Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation. The Council of Europe (DG II - Human Rights and DG I - Legal Affairs), and in particular its Steering Committee for Equality between women and men (CDEG), took the initiative to organise this seminar, which was co-financed and co-sponsored by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations and by Japan. The seminar was organised in partnership with the OSCE/ODIHR and the International Organization for Migration. The Seminar was organised within the framework of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe.

Participants included criminal justice experts (law enforcement/police/migration), experts in human rights issues (protection of victims' rights), and representatives of non-governmental organisations from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Japan, the Committee of the Regions of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, the “Comité contre l’esclavage moderne”, the International Labour Office (ILO), Interpol, the International Catholic Migration Commission, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Kvinna till Kvinna, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNESCO, UNICEF, IOM, OHCHR and OSCE/ODIHR were also represented.

After in-depth discussions, the participants agreed upon the following Plan of Action to combat trafficking in human beings in South-Eastern Europe building on the proposals for national plans developed by each delegation.

I. At national level 

II. At sub-regional and regional level 

Research and data

Information campaigns

Awareness-raising and training

Long-term prevention

Victim support

Right of return and rehabilitation

Special measures for children

Legal action