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Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

Category
Publication
Type
Legal document
Subject
Trafficking in human beings & migration-related crime

Description

The purposes of this Convention are to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, protect human rights of the victims of the trafficking, design a framework for the protection and assistance of victims and witnesses.

Summary

Chapter I – Purposes, scope, non‐discrimination principle and definitions

Article 1 – Purposes of the Convention
Article 2 – Scope
Article 3 – Non‐discrimination principle
Article 4 – Definitions

Chapter II – Prevention, co‐operation and other measures

Article 5 – Prevention of trafficking in human beings
Article 6 – Measures to discourage the demand
Article 7 – Border measures
Article 8 – Security and control of documents
Article 9 – Legitimacy and validity of documents

Chapter III – Measures to protect and promote the rights of victims, guaranteeing gender equality

Article 10 ‐ Identification of the victims
Article 11 – Protection of private life
Article 12 – Assistance to victims
Article 13 – Recovery and reflection period
Article 14 – Residence permit
Article 15 – Compensation and legal redress
Article 16 – Repatriation and return of victims
Article 17 – Gender equality

Chapter IV – Substantive criminal law

Article 18 – Criminalisation of trafficking in human beings
Article 19 – Criminalisation of the use of services of a victim
Article 20 ‐ Criminalisation of acts relating to travel or identity documents
Article 21 – Attempt and aiding or abetting
Article 22 – Corporate liability
Article 23 – Sanctions and measures
Article 24 – Aggravating circumstances
Article 25 ‐ Previous convictions
Article 26 – Non‐punishment provision

Chapter V – Investigation, prosecution and procedural law

Article 27 ‐ Ex parte and ex officio applications
Article 28 – Protection of victims, witnesses and collaborators with the judicial authorities
Article 29 – Specialised authorities and co‐ordinating bodies
Article 30 – Court proceedings
Article 31 – Jurisdiction

Chapter VI – International co‐operation and co‐operation with civil society

Article 32 – General principles and measures for international co‐operation
Article 33 ‐ Measures relating to endangered or missing persons
Article 34 – Information
Article 35 – Co‐operation with civil society

Chapter VII – Monitoring mechanism

Article 36 – Group of experts on action against trafficking in human beings
Article 37 – Committee of the Parties
Article 38 – Procedure

Chapter VIII – Relationship with other international instruments

Article 39 – Relationship with the Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against transnational organised crime
Article 40 – Relationship with other international instruments

Chapter IX – Amendments to the Convention

Article 41 – Amendments

Chapter X – Final clauses

Article 42 – Signature and entry into force
Article 43 – Accession to the Convention
Article 44 – Territorial application
Article 45 – Reservations
Article 46 – Denunciation
Article 47 – Notification

Information

Added on
16 May 2005
Origin
Council of Europe
Keywords
international law, human trafficking
Rights
OSCE