Entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
Statement by Ján Kubiš, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers
Strasbourg, 01.02.2008 - Ján Kubiš, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, welcomed the entry into force on 1 February 2008 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Minister underlined the importance of this comprehensive instrument which focuses on the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings, whilst also aiming to prevent trafficking and to prosecute traffickers.
Minister Kubiš further emphasised that international co-operation is necessary to obtain significant results in the fight against trafficking and that the Convention would provide a long-awaited basis for the action of governments in this field. An efficient implementation of the Convention must now be assured through its monitoring mechanism, the Group of experts on action against trafficking in human beings (GRETA).
On the occasion of the entry into force of the Convention, 13 member states1 that have already ratified the Convention, made a Joint Declaration. The signatories urge other Council of Europe member states, non member states and the European Community to become parties to the Convention as soon as possible.