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GRETA’s first evaluation visit to Iceland

30 October 2013 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) carried out an evaluation visit to Iceland from 21 to 24 October 2013. The visit was organised 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.

During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with officials from the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the State Prosecutor’s Office, the Directorate of Immigration, the police in Reykjavik and Sudurnes, and the social and child protection services of the City of Reykjavik. A meeting was also held with members of the Icelandic Parliament (Althingi).

In addition, the GRETA delegation met representatives of the NGO Stigamót, the Icelandic Human Rights Centre, the Icelandic Red Cross, the Efling Trade Union and lawyers.

In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited a shelter for women exiting trafficking and prostitution run by the NGO Stigamót.

The visit was carried out by Ms Leonor Ladrón de Guevara y Guerrero and Mr Jan van Dijk, members of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

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