Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/909/4.4 14 December 2004
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    909 Meeting, 15 December 2004
    4 Human Rights


    4.4 Ad Hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CAHTEH) –

    a. Abridged report of the 7th meeting (Strasbourg, 7 – 10 December 2004)
    b. Draft Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings


    Reference documents
    CM/Del/Dec(2004)905/4.1, CM(2004)222 and Addendum

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    Action

    a. To take note of the abridged report of the 7th meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on action against trafficking in human beings (CAHTEH) (CM(2004)222 and Addendum);

    b. Bearing in mind the decisions taken at their 905th meeting (1-2 December 2004, item 4.1) concerning the transmission of the text of the draft Convention to the Parliamentary Assembly and the extension of the CAHTEH's terms of reference, to consider the draft decisions set out below, with a view to their adoption.

    1. The Ad Hoc Committee on action against trafficking in human beings (CAHTEH) held its 7th meeting from 7 to 10 December 2004 in Strasbourg. The abridged report of this meeting appears in document CM(2004)222 and Addendum.

    2. At its 7th meeting the CAHTEH, in particular:

    2.1 approved the draft Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings by 29 votes in favour, 6 abstentions and 0 against (document CM(2004)222 Addendum);

    2.2 agreed to submit the text to the Committee of Ministers for transmission to the Parliamentary Assembly for opinion. Taking into account the decisions taken by the Ministers' Deputies at their 905th meeting (1-2 December 2004), it is understood that the Chair of the Deputies will accomplish this task as soon as possible;

    2.3 considered most of the draft explanatory report of the draft Convention which will be transmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly as it resulted from this meeting of the CAHTEH;

    2.4 decided, subject to available funding – dependent on the adoption of the draft Programme of Activities for 20051 - to hold its next plenary meeting from 22 to 25 February 2005. In accordance with the Ministers' Deputies' decisions (CM/Del/Dec(2004)905/4.1), this meeting will be devoted to considering the Parliamentary Assembly's opinion on the text of the draft Convention and, if necessary, to adapting the draft Convention accordingly. This meeting would also allow to finalise the draft explanatory report.

    3. All items discussed and decisions taken by the CAHTEH are set out in the abridged report (document CM(2004)222), which the Deputies are invited to take note of as a whole. With regard to the reservation formulated by the European Commission in respect of Chapter VII of the draft Convention “Monitoring mechanism” (see CM(2004)222 Addendum, p. 15), the Secretariat will report orally on possible developments at the present meeting.

    Financing assured: YES

    Comments: provided that the draft Programme of Activities for 2005 is adopted.

    DRAFT DECISIONS

    909th meeting – 15 December 2004

    Item 4.4

    Ad Hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CAHTEH) –
    a. Abridged report of the 7th meeting (Strasbourg, 7 – 10 December 2004)
    b. Draft Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings
    (CM/Del/Dec(2004)905/4.1, CM(2004)222 and Addendum)

    Decisions

    The Deputies

    bearing in mind the decisions adopted at their 905th meeting (1-2 December 2004), item 4.1),

    1. noted that the Ad Hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CAHTEH) had approved the draft Council of Europe Convention on action against trafficking in human beings (document CM(2004)222 Addendum);

    2. noted that the text of the draft submitted to them by the CAHTEH will be transmitted as soon as possible by their Chair to the Parliamentary Assembly for opinion;

    3. took note that the 8th meeting of CAHTEH - to be devoted to considering the opinion of the Parliamentary Assembly and, if necessary, to adapting the draft Convention - would be held from 22 to 25 February 2005;

    4. taking into account decisions 1 to 3 above, took note of the abridged report of the 7th meeting of CAHTEH (document CM(2004)222 and Addendum), as a whole.

Note 1 In this respect, see decisions to be taken at the present meeting under item 11.3 - Council of Europe Budgets – Financial Year 2005 - Draft Budgets.


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