Open letter regarding the draft amendment and completion of GD 861/2018 on the approval of the National Strategy against Trafficking in Human Beings for the period 2018-2022

The Association Advocacy and Human Rights Center (CADO) and the Reaching Out Romania sent yesterday an open letter to The Economic and Social Council in Romania (CES) requesting that the draft amendment and completion of GD 861/2018 for the approval of the National Strategy against Trafficking in Human Beings for 2018 -2022 to receive a negative vote of the CES and to ask the initiator to withdraw it because it violates the provisions of GD no. 775 of July 14, 2005 for the approval of the Regulation on the procedures for elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of public policies at central level, proposing an unrealistic, inefficient action plan with a very large number of actions for a very short period of time (maximum 16 months) and is implemented without a real consultation of civil society.

Adopting the draft amendment to the National Strategy against Trafficking in Human Beings 2018-2022 in its current form would not improve the current situation at all, on the contrary, it would mean a setback. It is true that the current National Strategy against Trafficking in Human Beings 2018-2020 must be amended, because it is a failure, proof that Romania became in 2019 the main country In European Union, providing victims for human trafficking (EU citizens), a position that maintained also in 2020.

Therefore, it proves the ineffectiveness of strategic measures to prevent and combat human trafficking adopted and implemented by the Romanian Government, a situation confirmed by the 2019 and 2020 reports of the US State Department which in 2021 announced that Romania risks an international demotion in TIER 3, along with states that do not have the capacity to fight human trafficking. But any changes must be made as a result on  an analysis and consultation with all those involved in the fight against human trafficking and victim assistance, especially important being the NGOs specialized on human rights, which monitor the implementation of the Strategy and provide alternative reports and the NGOs providing services for victims, which notifies all the institutional dysfunctions of the Romanian State in the processing of the files and supporting of the victims in such a way that will not let them again at the hands of the traffickers.

More details about the Open Letter you can find here:

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