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1st Evaluation Round: GRETA visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Strasbourg, 21 May 2012- A delegation of the Council of Europeís Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 14 to 18 May 2012. The visit was carried out in the context of the first round of evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2010-2013).

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with State level officials from the Ministries of Security, Human Rights and Refugees, Justice, and Foreign Affairs, as well as the Prosecutorís Office and the judiciary. Meetings were also held at entity level in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ministries of the Interior, Justice, Labour and Social Policy, Displaced persons and Refugees, as well as the Prosecutorís Office and the judiciary) and in Republika Srpska (Ministries of the Interior, Justice, Health and Social Welfare, Displaced Persons and Refugees, as well as the Prosecutorís Office and the judiciary), as well as in the District of Brčko (Police, Department of Education, Sub-Department for Social Protection, Judicial Commission and Prosecutorís Office). The GRETA delegation also met members of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a representative of the Ombudsmanís Office.

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings. Discussions were also held with representatives of the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), United Nations Childrenís Fund (UNICEF), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited two shelters for victims of trafficking in human beings run by the NGOs.

The visit was carried out by Ms Diana Tudorache and Ms Leonor Ladrůn de Guevara y Guerrero, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr David Dolidze and Mr Gerald Dunn of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the reply from the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to GRETAís questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Bosnia and Herzegovina and suggestions for further action. This draft report will be transmitted to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities for comments, which will be taken into account by GRETA when establishing its final report. GRETAís final report will be made public, together with eventual comments by the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities.