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Ethical Issues in Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking


When: 4 November 2014 (All day) - 5 November 2014 (All day)

Where: Hofburg, Vienna

Organized by: OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

The 14th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference "Ethical issues in Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking" aims to further enhance the coherence of the international action in this important field and continue to advance the implementation of OSCE commitments and other relevant international obligations to combat and prevent trafficking in human beings in all its forms.

During the two days, participants will address a range of important ethical factors in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings, such as exploring what measures the OSCE participating States, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, and other actors can take and enforce to ensure that they do not contribute to exploitative situations where goods and services are produced through trafficking in human beings. The conference will also provide a good opportunity to review and assess the impact of codes of conduct and zero tolerance policies adopted by participating States and international organizations over the past decade to prevent their potential contribution on the trafficking cycle in conflict and crisis situations. In addition, the event will focus on the critical issue of the ethical treatment and protection of trafficked persons, as it is the responsibility of every actor involved in the identification, assistance and protection of trafficked persons to treat each person in a manner that avoids further harm or re-traumatization. Finally, the conference will pay particular attention to the ethical considerations in combating trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal, one of the least known forms of trafficking.

We will also be offering a live web stream of the event on the conference web page.

Follow the conference on Twitter @osce using hashtag #cthb14.

Interested journalists, experts and students are kindly requested to fill out the registration form below by 17 October in order to attend the conference.

Any requests for interviews should be directed to:

Alfred Kueppers
Public Information Officer
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Wallnerstrasse 6,
1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 51436 6664
Email: alfred.kueppers@osce.org