Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Thema: Justiz und Bürgerrechte
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
Trafficking in human beings is a severe human rights violation, the slavery of our times. Children, women and men, are deprived of their liberty, exploited and traded as commodities for profit.
Recent statistics from the European Commission have revealed that a growing number of people are being trafficked in the EU, whilst at the same time convictions for trafficking offenses are decreasing. Working towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings cannot be achieved without a strong cooperation amongst all possible actors across the EU and beyond.
The Commission is now launching an EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in human beings, with the participation of over 100 civil society organisations from EU Member States and Croatia who are joining forces against trafficking in human beings.
The EU-wide Platform will serve as a forum for civil society organisations working at European, national and local levels, in the field of human rights, children's rights, women's rights and gender equality, migrants' rights and shelters.
Working towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings cannot be achieved without a strong cooperation amongst all possible actors across the EU and beyond.
With the "EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)", the Commission is focusing on concrete actions that will support and complement the implementation of EU legislation on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims (Directive 2011/36/EU) - whose deadline for transposition was 6 April 2013.
The important role of civil society organisations was highlighted in the 2012 EU Strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in Human beings Strategy (IP/12/619 and MEMO/12/455), which foresees concrete initiatives, including to strengthen the role of civil society.
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Press statement by Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.