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GRETA publishes report on Cyprus

Strasbourg, 12.09.2011 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report, concerning Cyprus.

In its report, GRETA takes stock of the measures taken by Cyprus to implement the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and makes proposals concerning the way in which the Cypriot authorities may deal with the problems identified. The adoption of a comprehensive anti-trafficking law and the abolition of the so-called “artiste visas”, which favoured trafficking of women for the purpose of sexual exploitation, are amongst the important steps taken by the Cypriot authorities to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. However, there has not been a single conviction for the criminal offence of trafficking in human beings and no victims have received compensation. In its report, GRETA stresses the need to take specific measures to discourage demand for the services of trafficked persons, to provide adequate assistance to all victims of trafficking and to address the lack of convictions for the crime of trafficking in human beings.

Prior to adopting its evaluation report, GRETA engaged in a dialogue with the authorities of Cyprus on a first draft of the report. A number of the authorities’ comments were taken on board and integrated into the report’s final version. GRETA’s evaluation report is published together with the final comments of the Cypriot authorities, as provided for by the Convention.

On the basis of GRETA’s report, the Committee of the Parties to the Convention will consider adopting recommendations addressed to the Government of Cyprus.

Two more GRETA evaluation reports, concerning Austria and the Slovak Republic, will be made public in the course of September 2011.