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05-03-2020 10:41

Training Seminar on Human Trafficking

A training seminar on “Human Trafficking”, organised by the Cyprus Judicial Training School of the Supreme Court, upon the initiative and in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Cyprus, was concluded with great success. The seminar took place on March 4th, 2020 at the Supreme Court and was attended by district and family court judges as well as legal officers of the Supreme Court.

The seminar’s trainers, Judge Michelle Brewer from the U.K, Judge Jamie L. Cork and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ms. Laura Provinzino from the Unites States are experts in the field of “Human Trafficking”, a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights, which affects millions of victims worldwide. In an interactive and practical manner, the expert trainers presented and analysed the topic in light of European and International Conventions and legal instruments, as well as case law case of the European Court of Human Rights. Moreover, they analysed the issue of trauma, they discussed judicial challenges and presented good practices, focusing on the protection of victims of human trafficking.

A welcome address was delivered by Mr. George Erotocritou, Director of the Reform and Training of the Supreme Court and Mr. Nathaniel Dean, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America in Cyprus. In his welcome address, Mr Erotocritou stated that, “Unfortunately, some Governments use Human Trafficking to further their own political goals.  I refer to our neighbouring country Turkey, which allows the refugee trade to flourish on its shores and borders.  And the only reason I mention this, is because we have proportionally become the first country in Europe with the most refugees, who now constitute almost 4% of the population, thus presenting a huge security problem to Cyprus”. He further added that, “… laws are useless, unless enforced.  And this explains why, although the number of laws about Human Trafficking has increased all over the world, the number of traffickers who have been prosecuted, has not followed a relative increase.”

 

(ND/SCH)