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EG/ATH (2000) 5

Strasbourg, 8 November 2000

 

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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
"Co-ordinated Action against Trafficking in Human Beings in South-East Europe: Towards a Regional Action Plan"
Athens, 29 June - 1 July 2000

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PROCEEDINGS

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Prevention (chapter IV of the Appendix to Recommendation No R (2000) 11 )

Problems encountered

Measures envisaged and/or implemented (evaluation)

Institutions/bodies responsible
(mandates, functions)
- effectiveness
- ways of improvement

Coordination/co-operation
- effectiveness
- ways to improve it
(nationally/internationally)

1. Awareness-raising and information

       

- Information campaigns

       

- Dissemination of information (documentation, videos, leaflets)

       

- Activities to raise awareness of media professionals

       

2. Education

       

- include information in school curricula

       

- ensure education without gender stereotypes

       

Prevention II (chapter IV of the Appendix to Recommendation No R (2000) 11)

Problems encountered

Measures envisaged and/or implemented (evaluation)

Institutions/bodies responsible (mandates, functions)

    - effectiveness
    - ways of improvement

Coordination/co-operation

    - effectiveness
    - ways to improve it (nationally/internationally)

3. Training

       

Special training for social workers, health, teaching, diplomatic, consular, judicial, customs and police personnel

       

Training programmes for police officers

       

Training programmes to improve co-operation between police and NGOs

       

Training programmes for immigration officials and frontier police

       

4. Long-term action

       

Ways to improve social status and economic conditions

       

Mainstream the need to improve women's condition into other policies

       

Disseminate information on the possibilities for legal migration for women

       

Other items

       

Assistance to and protection of
victims
(chapter V of the Appendix
to Recommendation No R (2000) 11)

Problems encountered

Measures envisaged and/or implemented (evaluation)

Institutions/bodies responsible (mandates, functions)
- effectiveness
- ways of improvement

Coordination/co-operation
- effectiveness
- ways to improve it (nationally/
internationally)

1. Victim support

       

- reception facilities providing for victims with information on their rights, as well as psychological, medical, social and administrative support

       

- legal assistance for the victims in their own language

       

2. Legal action

       

- protection of victims (special audio or video facilities)

       

- protection systems for victims, in particular from intimidation and reprisals

       

- protection to members of organisations assisting the victims during the proceedings

       

Assistance to and protection of
victims II
(chapter V of the Appendix to
Recommendation No R (2000) 11)

Problems encountered

Measures envisaged and/or implemented (evaluation)

Institutions/bodies responsible (mandates, functions)
- effectiveness
- ways of improvement

Coordination/co-operation
- effectiveness
- ways to improve it
(nationally/internationally)

- compensation

       

- temporary residence status

       

3. Social measures for victims in countries of origin

       

- establishment of a network of NGOs involved in assistance

       

- co-operation between reception facilities and NGOs

       

4. Right of return and rehabilitation

       

- right to return through
co-operation agreements

       

- financing the return

       

- social support for returnees

       

- special measures for victims’ occupational reintegration

       

Other items

       

THB: Preparation of national and regional action plans - Matrix to guide discussions - based on Recommendation R(2000)11

Policies, coordination, cooperation

Practical measures

Assistance/Protection of victims (Part V.ii.)

Practical measures

Penal legislation & judicial cooperation (Part VI)

Practical measures

THS-SE as international organised crime: coordinated action (para5)

 

Assistance/protection of victims (Part V ii.)

 

Strengthen legislation on THB-sexual exploitation, introduce as separate offence? (para 42)

 

Multi-disciplinary approach (para 6)

Coordinating mechanism + multi-discipl. approach (para 50)

 

Audio/video hearings (para 28)

 

Sanction: dissuasive and allowing for judicial cooperation and extradition (para 43)

 

Information exchange at national level (para 51)

 

Protection of victims, witnesses and their families (para 29)

 

Confiscation of proceeds of trafficking in human beings (para 44)

 

Info-exchange at international level (
para 52 + 55)

 

Establish witness protection systems (para 30)

 

Police investigations and monitoring (para 45)

 
   

Protection of families of victims in the country of origin in case of legal proceedings in country of destination (para 31)

 

Liability of legal persons (para46)

 
   

Courts to order payment of compensation to victims (para 33)

 

Extradition (para47)

 
   

Temporary residence status to victims to act as witnesses (para 34)

 

Extraterritorial jurisdiction (para48)

 
   

Temporary residence on humanitarian grounds (para 35)

 

Establish information systems + data protection (para49)

 

1) Prevention of trafficking

2) Urgent analysis of the laws and practices in criminal law, law on protecting witnesses, migration and asylum laws and recommendations for changes in Federation and RS laws. Human rights experts, NGOs, international groups, other Human Rights organisations; deadline – the end of 2000;

3) Collecting data on the problem of trafficking;

4) Developing advocacy strategies and making pressure for changing the law with the active role of OHR in Bosnia and Herzegovina; deadline: first half of 2001;

5) Organisation of

6) Asking for transparency in law-making procedures through lobbying MPs (female and male) and women’s NGOs;

7) Asking for special police units independent of local police authorities with the possibility of to act on the whole territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina;

8) Asking for the establishment of co-ordination bodies at state level, consisting of representatives of governments of both entities, of OHR, NGOs, IPTF and others;

9) Conducting information campaigns for different target groups:

10) Education

11) Assistance and protection of victims:

12) Training of trainers

13) Establish a permanent mechanism of co-ordination between States Authorities and NGOs

 

Poor

Satisfactory

Good

Very good

Overall assessment of the seminar

 

6

18

6

Questionnaires completed prior to the seminar

 

8

10

11

Programme-organisation

2

10

16

2

Programme-contents

 

6

15

9

Programme-relevance

1

5

14

9

Key-note speakers

 

3

16

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1 Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

2 It should be noted that the organisation of the Seminar coincided with the launching of a Task Force on trafficking in human beings under the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe by the Austrian Presidency of the OSCE. Ms Helga Konrad, former Minister for Women's Affairs of Austria, recently appointed as Co-ordinator of the Task Force, attended the Seminar and spoke at the opening session.

3 Due to the large size of the compendium (two volumes), we only refer to it (EG (2000)2).

4 The need to invite representatives from Ukraine was retained, although this country is not formally part of South-Eastern Europe, in view of the fact that this country has launched several anti-trafficking measures in relation to networks operating from Ukraine towards South Eastern Europe.

5 Document EG/ATH (2000) 4.


6 A total of 30 assessment forms were returned.

7 When adopting this Recommendation, the Representatives of Germany and the Netherlands indicated that, in accordance with Article 10.2.c of the Rules of Procedure for the meetings of the Ministers' Deputies, they reserved the right, for their respective governments, to comply or not with paragraph I.1 of the Appendix to the Recommendation.

8 Source: "A Form of Slavery: Trafficking in Women in OSCE Member States", Report to the OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Trafficking in Human Beings (Vienna, 19 June 2000), prepared by the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF).

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