Albania signs the Convention of the Council of Europe against the trafficking of human beings

Albania signs the Convention of the Council of Europe against the trafficking of human beings

Tirana, March 26, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

The Convention of the Council of Europe against Traffic of Human Beings, was signed in Santiago in Spain by 14 countries and Albania was one of them. This is the first convention of this kind and it aims to create international cooperation against the traffic of human organs and strengthening of the legal aspect.

The convention was signed by 11 member countries of the European Union and three non member countries, at the presence of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjon Jagland.

The deputy Minister of Interior, Elona Gjebrea (Hoxha), signed the Convention on behalf of the Albanian side.

The Convention of the Council of Europe against Traffic of Human Beings has been perceived as a joint international act in the fight against Human Traffic of Organs, in respect of Fundamental Human Rights and in protection of the rights of victims.

The scope of the Convention is the protection of the rights of victims of criminal offenses of human organ traffic which will be achieved through international cooperation.

Based on this Convention, the signatory parties will take the necessary legislative measures to integrate in national legislations as a criminal offense the cases of intentional removal and use of human organs by the living or dead donors. /ibna/