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Council of Europe anti-trafficking monitoring body visits Denmark

31/01/2011- A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a visit to Denmark from 25 to 28 January 2011, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country.

This was the fourth country visit 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. This round was launched in February 2010 when GRETA addressed a questionnaire to the first 10 Parties to the Convention: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held meetings in Copenhagen with representatives of relevant ministries and other public bodies. It also met with members of non-governmental organisations active in combating trafficking in human beings and human rights protection, as well as with other members of civil society dealing with issues of concern to GRETA. The GRETA delegation also visited accommodation facilities for victims of trafficking.

The visit was carried out by Ms Gulnara SHAHINIAN, First Vice-President of GRETA, and Ms Alexandra MALANGONE, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Petya NESTOROVA, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention, and Ms Carolina LAS…N DIAZ of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

On the basis of the information gathered during the visit and the Danish authoritiesí reply to the questionnaire, GRETA will prepare a draft report containing its analysis of the implementation of the Convention by Denmark, as well as suggestions for possible improvement and further action. This draft report shall be transmitted to the Danish Government for comments before GRETA prepares its final report, which will be made public along with any eventual comments by the Government.