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Opinion of the Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings of the European Commission on Measures in the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings to establish a Monitoring Mechanism

Document number
1047
Date
2004
Title
Opinion of the Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings of the European Commission on Measures in the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings to establish a Monitoring Mechanism
Author/publisher
Experts Group on Trafficking in Human Beings, European Commission, European Union (EU)
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Document type(s)
EU law, Research/Study/Analysis,
Keywords
Brussels Declaration on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Treaty on European Union, Justice and Home Affairs, European Union, NGO, Human Rights approach, Civil society, Advocacy, Victims of trafficking, Trafficked persons, Inter-organisational co-operation, International co-operation, Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, Convention on the Rights of the Child, EU Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings,
Summary
1. A body should be established to monitor the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Persons. 2. Members of such a body should be appointed in an open and transparent process which includes consultation with civil society. The composition of such a body should take into account a gender and geographical balance (including countries of origin, transit and destination), and represent a multi disciplinary expertise in trafficking in human beings, including expertise from civil society. 3. Each State Party should be required to provide regular and comprehensive reports to the body about the measures taken to implement each of the provisions of the convention. The body should be expressly empowered to seek and consider information from any source, including civil society, about the implementation of the Convention by State Parties. 4. The body should be mandated to review and analyze reports of the State Parties; make recommendations to State Parties to ensure better implementation of the Convention; visit State Parties and consider complaints alleging failures by State Parties to implement the convention. 5. The reports of its work including recommendations to State Parties and conclusions on complaints) should be made public upon their adoption by the body, and submitted to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. The Committee of Ministers should review and adopt the reports of this body and ensure implementation by State Parties of the body’s recommendations. EU Commission documentation centre on trafficking in human beings: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/doc_centre/crime/trafficking/doc_crime_human_trafficking_en.htm
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