On 9 November 2018 Julia Planitzer, Senior Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), has been elected as new Member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings ("GRETA"), upon nomination by Austria. The mandate will start in January 2019 and will last for four years.
Trafficking in Human Beings
On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organizes this conference on 'Human Trafficking and Human Rights - Access to Rights for Victims of Human Trafficking' in cooperation with the Italian OSCE-Chairmanship, the office of the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime and the International Centre for Mig
Julia Planitzer and Nora Katona have published their paper on “Criminal Liability of Cooperations for Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation” in the November issue of Global Policy.
The paper holds that legal instruments at the European level, such as the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, clearly define that States have an obligation to establish corporate liability for trafficking in human beings (THB). However, upon closer look at national legislation in Europe, one recognises that the norms within this framework are not being enforced to their fullest extent.
Julia Planitzer published an article on obligatory reporting and transparency in supply chains in the new VIDC's newsletter 'Spotlight'. In her article (in German, available here) she discusses whether enhanced transparency by obligatory reporting can prevent labour exploitation in supply chains.
At 03. und 04. of April already the 17th OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference takes place in Vienna. During panel 2 on 04.04. Helmut Sax will discuss Protection of children and best practise. Also he will present the annual GRETA-Report focusing trafficking of children.
For further information of this event see this link: http://www.osce.org/event/alliance17
The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CoE Convention against THB) is the first legal instrument concerning trafficking in human beings (THB) that frames THB as a human rights violation. Although the CoE Convention against THB has been in force since 2008 and ratified by almost all Member States of the Council of Europe (46 out of 47 Member States), a comprehensive commentary to the Convention does not yet exist. Bearing in mind the significant importance of the Convention, this forms a remarkable gap which needs to be filled.
Julia Planitzer publishes in the most recent issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) an article on obligatory reporting by corporations and its potential to prevent trafficking in human beings.
Julia Planitzer and Helmut Sax presented at the International Roundtable on ‘Preventing Human Trafficking through ‘Decent Work for Everybody’ and Combating Child Trafficking & Exploitation in Europe‘ organised by the Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking in Vienna.
At the 7 and 8 of December 2016, experts from the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) will meet in Stockholm for a conference on child trafficking and talk about „Promoting the Human Rights and Best interests of Children in Transnational Child Protection Cases".
Helmut Sax is a member of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) of the Council of Europe and will talk about the „Progress in developing an effective policy and practice against exploitation and trafficking of children".