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Statement - Ensure Victims' Rights in Europe EU Anti-trafficking Day

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18 October 2022
Statement - Ensure Victims' Rights in Europe EU Anti-trafficking Day
La Strada International
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statement trafficked persons rights revision EU Directive 18 October EU Anti Trafficking Day

Today, on EU Anti-Trafficking Day, we call upon EU leaders and Members States to ensure that victims of human trafficking can effectively claim and assess their rights within the European Union

EU Member States have the responsibility to offer effective protection to victims of trafficking under international human rights obligations and EU law, including the EU Anti Trafficking Directive of 2011. While research and progress reports – including by the European Commission and EU Parliament - have noted that ‘the application of the Directive is still far from being accomplished’, the Commission will most likely on 13 December 2022 propose a revision of the Directive.

We ask the EU; the Commission, the Parliament and EU Member States to use this revision to remove all existing legal and practical obstacles that currently prevent the adequate identification, protection and support of trafficked persons in Europe.