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The second regional simulation on referral of victims of human trafficking in the Southern Mediterranean will take place from 25 to 29 September 2023 in Antonio Machado Campus in Baeza, Spain, under the title “Towards a victim-centred approach in criminal proceedings“. This event will be organised by the Council of Europe in the framework of the joint programmes with the European Union1 with the support of the North-South Centre and in partnership with International University of Andalusia, and the Office of the Spanish Rapporteur on trafficking in human beings.

The event will be opened by Ms Pilar MORALES, Coordinator of the Neighbourhood Policy with the Southern Mediterranean of the Council of Europe, Ms Francesca CAMILLERI VETTIGER, Chair of the Executive Committee of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, and Mr. José Manuel Castro Jiménez of the International University of Andalusia, Spain.

As a follow up to the First regional simulation on “Human Trafficking on Migration Routes” held in Malta in October 2022, this second simulation will focus on judicial proceedings in criminal matters with an emphasis on the role of the justice sector actors. It will address fair, effective and victim-centred investigation and prosecution to prevent impunity of perpetrators. The simulation will emphasize the importance of multi-agency coordination in ensuring that victims’ rights are respected in line with a human rights-based approach. A Moot Trial, jointly organised with Fondation René Cassin, will take place during the event, and will focus on the human-rights approach.

These regional simulations contribute to the regional dynamic for a more structured regional cooperation based on the comprehensive “4 Ps” approach” (Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership) of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against trafficking in human beings.  This edition will bring together more than 100 participants and experts, including representatives of governments, judges and prosecutors, law enforcement, social and medical services, labour inspectorates and civil society from Belgium, Cabo Verde, Egypt, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine*, Portugal, Senegal, Spain and Tunisia.

Ce site a été conçu avec le soutien de l'Union européenne et du Conseil de l'Europe dans le cadre du programme conjoint intitulé « Projet d'Appui aux Instances Indépendantes en Tunisie » (PAII-T), co-financé par les deux organisations et mis en œuvre par le Conseil de l'Europe.

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