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European Women’s Lobby and the Nordic Baltic Network welcome the nominations of members to GRETA

Lisa Kerker

The monitoring of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings will take place through two mechanisms: the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), a technical body, and the Committee of the Parties, a political body composed by representatives in the Committee of Ministers of the Parties to the Convention and of representatives of Parties non-members of the Council of Europe.

The governments of the states parties to the Convention have now nominated candidates to GRETA, amongst whom the Committee of the Parties will elect the members by the end of January 2009 at latest. The nominations were made in accordance with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe [Resolution (2008)7 on rules on the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Now when the candidates have been nominated, the Committee of the Parties will elect 10 to 15 experts. In this election, account should be taken of gender and geographical balance; multidisciplinary expertise; and representation of the main legal systems. It is provided that the members of GRETA shall have recognised competence in the fields of human rights; of assistance and protection of victims; or of action against trafficking in human beings, or professional experience in the areas covered by the Convention. They will serve in their individual capacity in GRETA, monitoring the implementation of the obligations stemming from the Convention.

To read the Convention, please click here, and to see the CVs of the nominated candidates, please click here.