On 3 September, the Slovenian Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings with the Acting Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The Convention enters into force in Slovenia on 1 January 2010.
The Convention was adopted on 3 May 2005 and open for signature by the Member States at the Third Summit of the Council of Europe in Warsaw in May 2005. It entered into force on 1 February 2008 and has been ratified by 26 Council of Europe Member States to date. Slovenia, which signed the Convention on 3 April 2006, participated actively in its elaboration and also supported its adoption.
Trafficking in human beings constitutes a grave violation of fundamental human rights as well as an affront to the dignity and personal integrity of an individual, who is compelled to carry out physical labour, prostitution, begging or other forms of forced activity. The Convention comprehensively regulates the issue in question at the regional level, and in this way complements the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, particularly Women and Children, which supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and prevents trafficking in persons at the global level.
The fight against trafficking in persons is one of the priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the CoE Committee of Ministers.