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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Europe has abolished slavery in law - but not yet in practice

Strasbourg,02 December, ( : Europe has abolished slavery in law, but in practice, people are still being bought, sold and exploited across Europe. However, this year which is now coming to an end has seen a major step forward in our efforts to stop trafficking in human beings in Europe.

In statement released by by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December said "Our main weapon in this fight is the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings which entered into force on 2 February this year.

He said, "The number of countries which have ratified the Convention has almost doubled and now stands at nineteen.

Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, also emphasised, "Of course, the effectiveness of the measures introduced by the Convention to protect the victims and prosecute the traffickers depends on close co-operation between countries of origin, transit and destination.

"The latter, mainly in the western and northern part of Europe, should be particularly encouraged to join our Convention because that is where the human rights of the victims are abused, he said

He expressed hope that in the year to come we shall see even more countries enlist in this fight against slavery.

- Asian Tribune -

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