Deadline for nominations of GRETA members
9 September 2018

The terms of office of 7 of the 15 current members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) will expire on 31 December 2018. The elections to fill the vacant seats will be held at the 23rd meeting of the Committee of the Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings on 9 November 2018. [more]

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The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 3 May 2005, following a series of other initiatives by the Council of Europe in the field of combating trafficking in human beings. The Convention entered into force on 1 February 2008, following its 10th ratification. While building on existing international instruments, the Convention goes beyond the minimum standards agreed upon in them and strengthens the protection afforded to victims.

The Convention has a comprehensive scope of application, encompassing all forms of trafficking (whether national or transnational, linked or not linked to organised crime) and taking in all persons who are victims of trafficking (women, men or children). The forms of exploitation covered by the Convention are, at a minimum, sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude and the removal of organs.

The main added value of the Convention is its human rights perspective and focus on victim protection. Its Preamble defines trafficking in human beings as a violation of human rights and an offence to the dignity and integrity of the human being.

 

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Conference marking the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings


The conference “Ten years of implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings: impact and challenges ahead”, organised during the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, was held on 22 May 2018 at the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, France.

The conference examined the impact of the Council of Europe Anti-Trafficking Convention on State Parties’ law, policy and practice, and in particular on improving the situation and rights of victims of trafficking. An emphasis was put on the human rights-based and victim-centred approach of the Convention and the positive obligations of States to prevent trafficking, protect victims, prosecute traffickers and engage in international co-operation in order to achieve the purposes of the Convention. At the same time, the conference was an occasion to analyse remaining gaps in the implementation of the Convention, new challenges and innovative ways to address them.

The conference brought together some 180 participants, including national anti-trafficking co-ordinators and rapporteurs, civil society representatives, survivors of human trafficking, representatives of international organisations, academia and business.

On the occasion of the conference, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) issued a publication on the practical impact of GRETA’s monitoring work, which provides examples of situations where State Parties have taken measures to improve their legislation, policy and practice in the light of GRETA’s recommendations.


Practical impact of GRETA's monitoring work

Conference Programme

Background Paper

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