GAATW e-Bulletin
September 2008
Dear Members and Friends,
Greetings from GAATW International Secretariat. This month’s ebulletin captures a
number of efforts by our member organisations, from the Caribbean, to Nepal, to Europe’s
upcoming EU Anti-Trafficking Day, to India. We are excited to continue to share with you
the many activities and developments happening around the world.
We also warmly welcome to the Secretariat Nkirote Laiboni, from Kenya, who will
organise the African Regional Consultation in November 2008 and Sanghamitra Chanda,
from India, who will be the Asia Regional Programme Assistant for the remainder of the
The GAATW International Secretariat
Call for States to establish reporting and monitoring mechanisms to fight human
The OSCE held a two-day seminar in Vienna, which brought together more than 60
government officials with responsibility for anti-trafficking activities in their countries.
Speaking at the seminar on 23 September, Eva Biaudet, the OSCE Special Representative
and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking, appealed to countries to establish national
monitoring and reporting mechanisms to document the scope of human trafficking. "We
lack an overall picture of the scope of the problem, of trends. We even lack an accurate
assessment of the results of our action," said Biaudet.
Jordanian government drafting human trafficking law
The Ministry of Interior will begin to draft legislation to ban trafficking and investigate
conditions of foreign workers in “Qualified Industrial Zones” and other areas after
receiving complaints that employees in these zones were badly treated. The Interior
Ministry spokesman said that the new law will be based on international human rights laws
and agreements between countries that ban human trafficking.,3479
Cyprus to address human trafficking
The Cypriot Minister of Interior spoke out against trafficking in persons and noted that
Cyprus is near to completion of “the action plan for the implementation of the Council of

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