OSCE Ministerial Council Decision No. 2/03 on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

Similar to the EU Trafficking Directive, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) “Decision No. 2/03 on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings”, which was adopted in December 2003 is based on the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol definition of trafficking in persons. The OSCE “Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings” intends to provide participating States with a comprehensive toolkit to help them implement their commitments to combating trafficking in persons. It provides participating States with follow-up mechanisms such as Human Dimension Implementation Meetings and Review Conferences, which promote co-ordination between individual participating States, but also recommends States to, for example, consider appointing national rapporteurs or other mechanisms for monitoring the anti-trafficking activities, and establishing anti-trafficking commissions (taskforces) or similar bodies responsible for co-ordinating activities within a country among State agencies and NGOs. It covers the protection of victims, the prevention of trafficking in persons and the prosecution of those who facilitate or commit the crime. The Action Plan provides recommendations as to how participating States may best deal with political, economic, legal, law enforcement, educational and other aspects of the problem.

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