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Establishment of the monitoring body of the Council of Europe Trafficking Convention

Lisa Kerker

The CoE Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings is to become stronger by the setting up of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). This is a group of independent experts that will monitor the implementation of the said Convention, which includes measures for protection of the rights of victims of trafficking, prosecution of traffickers and prevention of trafficking, also through targeting demand.

The rules on the election procedure of the members of GRETA have now been decided. Tasks of the group in its monitoring role include reporting on measures taken by States Parties. 10 to 15 independent experts will be elected by the states parties, and the aim is to have a multidisciplinary expertise; a gender and geographical balance; and representation of the main legal systems in GRETA. The governments of the states parties (in the Nordic Baltic region, these are Denmark, Latvia, and Norway) may nominate candidates, and such nominations shall be received by the Secretary-General by 1 October 2008. The Committee of the Parties will elect the GRETA members by 1 February 2009 at latest.

You find more information about Council of Europe action in relation to trafficking in human beings here.