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Every – four – years again: Council of Europe/GRETA Report on Trafficking in Human Beings in Austria

On 12 October 2015, the Council of Europe has published its latest report on Austria’s actions against trafficking in human beings. GRETA – the CoE’s body monitoring implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Convention – notes four years after the first assessment progress but also continuing weaknesses.

In December 2014, a GRETA delegation (Siobhán Mullally, Frédéric Kurz) visited Austria for four days to meet both relevant state and non-state actors in Vienna and Carinthia. Complemented by further comprehensive information and reports received from the government and NGOs, GRETA adopted and published its report in the course of the second evaluation cycle. On the positive side, GRETA highlighted the establishment of services specifically for male victims of trafficking as well as for undocumented migrants, improvements in legislation and access to compensation. On the other hand, GRETA expressed concern for the lack of a national referral mechanism for trafficked children, as well as for the lack of a comprehensive statistical system, ensuring a recovery and reflection period, insufficient competences of the labour inspectorate and gaps in the implementation of the non-punishment of victims of trafficking compelled to commit offences in relation to their trafficking status.

For further information, including GRETA Report and press clippings, see:

http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/trafficking/Docs/Press_releases/2nd_eval_reports/PR_AUT_en.asp

On the Austrian Task Force against Human Trafficking and a first reaction, see:

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/das-ministerium/presse/aussendungen/2015/10/botschafterin-tichy-fisslberger-der-kampf-gegen-den-menschenhandel-braucht-gemeinsame-europaeische-anstrengungen/ (in German)

http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/european-foreign-policy/human-rights/priorities-of-austrian-human-rights-policy/combatting-trafficking-in-human-beings/

 

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