On Tuesday, May 22, in Strasbourg, a Monegasque delegation took part in a Conference marking the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, otherwise known as the Warsaw Convention.
The fight against trafficking in human beings is one of the global priorities in the promotion of fundamental human rights and the fight against organised crime. The Warsaw Convention is at the heart of the values defended by the Council of Europe.
The Conference underlined the decisive contribution of the conventional mechanism in the fight against trafficking through evaluation, awareness-raising and coordination work carried out as closely as possible to the realities on the ground. Several panels were held around the themes of prevention, guaranteeing victims’ rights, penal response and building strategic partnerships.
These discussions fostered the exchange of information, the sharing of good practices and finally the formulation of new avenues of work for effective actions best-adapted to the challenges.
Monaco has been a party to the Warsaw Convention since 2015 and participates in several Council of Europe programmes in connection with the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable, targets of human traffickers and smugglers, particularly in the context of refugees and migrants.
In partnership with UNODC and the OSCE, the Principality is also supporting several initiatives to strengthen the capacity of States to combat trafficking and smuggling, to promote prevention, to protect the rights of victims and to fight against the impunity of those responsible.
Monaco is also involved in the global movement against the criminal networks that profit from trafficking through international cooperative activities.