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Council of Europe anti-trafficking monitoring body visits Croatia

Strasbourg, 21 February 2011- A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out a country visit to Croatia from 15 to 18 February, in order to prepare its first monitoring report on the fight against human trafficking in this country.

This was the sixth country visit carried out in the context of the first round of evaluation of 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 Zagreb 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. In addition, the GRETA delegation visited an accommodation facility for victims of trafficking.

The visit was carried out by Ms Nell RASMUSSEN and Ms Josie CHRISTODOULOU, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Mr David DOLIDZE of the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat.

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