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Lithuania signs Council of Europe Trafficking Convention

Lisa Kerker

On the 12 of February 2008, Lithuania signed the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Of the countries in the Nordic Baltic region, Denmark and Norway have ratified the Convention, which entered into force for Denmark on the 1 of February 2008, and will enter into force for Norway on 1 May 2008. Besides Lithuania, Finland, Iceland, Latvia and Sweden have signed the Convention.

This Convention sets out measures to prevent trafficking, to prosecute the traffickers and also to provide protection to victims of trafficking. Chapter III of the Convention focuses especially on measures to protect and promote the rights of victims of trafficking, guaranteeing gender equality. These measures concern identification of the victims; protection of private life; assistance; recovery and reflection period; residence permit; compensation and legal redress and repatriation and return of victims of trafficking. Thus, through ratification of the Convention, states undertake to comprehensively guarantee protection to victims of trafficking. Let us therefore hope that the countries in the Nordic Baltic region, and beyond, ratify this Convention in the near future.

Please click here to find more information about the Convention and its status.