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Council of Europe Last update : 15.06.2012

  • Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

    Adopted by the Council of Europe on 16 May 2005 (entered into force on 1 February 2008), 83 pages

    The Convention of the Council of Europe addresses all forms of human trafficking.  It is a comprehensive treaty focusing on the protection of victims and the safeguard of their rights as well as to prevent trafficking and to prosecute those responsible for it. In order to ensure effective implementation of its provisions by the Parties, this Convention provides for the setting up of an effective and independent monitoring mechanism which is capable of controlling the implementation of the obligations contained in the Convention.
    The Convention is not restricted to Council of Europe Members States; it is also open for non-members states and the European Community.

  • Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

    Opened for signature on 25 October 2007

    The Convention is the first treaty to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including trafficking in children, and harmonises the legal framework to combat sexual abuse against children in various forms.

    Member States of the Council of Europe, the non-member States which have participated in its elaboration and the European Community have the possibility of becoming party to the Convention. It will enter into force when ratified by 5 States, including at least three member States of the Council of Europe.