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CoE: +Big Business ask Clean Ethical Certificates/Labels versus Human Trafficking, on their Products

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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- An UnExpected Mark of potential Efficiency for CoE's already 10 Years-long Fight against Human Trafficking and Forced Labor it often provokes, among others, was, during a 2 Days International Conference in Strasbourg, the Interest Expressed by several Big and Other Businesses to receive a kind of Ethical Certificate for their Products and/or Services, which would Attest that they are Free from any legitimate Suspicion of eventualy Exploiting Forced Labour resulting from Human Trafficking, as it was revealed in a Special Workshop dedicated to "Strategic Partnerships" prospects, with the Participation of Representatives not only from PanEuropean CoE's specialized Watchdog "GRETA", but also from the Euro-Atlantic OSCE, the OAS for American Countries, etc.


- That surprizing Spin off suddenly emerged at the Surface when a UK Representative, participant at that Workshop's Panel, (which was attended also by CoE's Director on Anti-Trafficking, Petya Nestorova (Comp. her earlier Statements to "Eurofora" at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coe10yearsagainsthumantrafficking.html), during those Debates, suggested to go Beyond "Name and Shame" Measures, and Start Cooperating also with Businesses which have Recently shown their Interest to make Sure and Known that their Supply Chains are Free from any Exploitation of Forced Labour due to Human Trafficking, etc, but Follow, on the Contrary, Basic Ethical Principles in this regard.


- Similar Appeals were also made by at least 3 Other National Representatives from various CoE and GRETA Member States, (including, f.ex. Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria, etc). To this was Added even the voice of certain NGOs (f.ex. from Switzerland, etc), who said that they had been recently "Approached" by certain Companies, Asking a kind of "Certification", mutatis-mutandis similar to that of "Fair Trade", etc.


- This included mainly "Big Companies",  such as "IKEA" and others, (who were also Anxious that some unscrupulous SMEs might, eventually, Over-Exploit Human Trafficking in order to Blow Prices by Social Dumping and Snatch Procurements, etc), but it could also Benefit to several Small and Medium Businesses too, as some added.


- Big Businesses were particularly concerned and Relevant, since they are linked and exposed to World-wide Supply Chains, as well as many States' Procurements', policy, etc.


 - Such Moves might, Potentially, offer also some New Opportunities for adequate "Public - Private Patrnerships" in the Fight against Trafficking of Human Beings and Forced Labour, those participants Highlighted. States are not against Profitable Businesses, on the Condition that they are also Compatible with basic Ethical Principles and Legal Obligations, they added.


 - In this regard, some Proposed to eventually establish a certain kind of "Good Practices" List, relevant "Certificates" and/or "Labels", etc, while also the concrete Example of the ..."Ethical Chocolate" (a formula used elsewhere in the Past), was praised.


CoE has Already Published, as early as Since November 2016, a "Compendium of Good Practices" on Anti-Trafficking Measures, but this concerned mainly Decsions taken by Member States for the Implementation of the relevant PanEuropean Convention, as hey result from "National Evaluation Reports" by GRETA's Experts, while, here, it's also about Private Businesses too.


 Obviously, a Good and Solid Monitoring, in such cases, would be Necessary, in order to Avoid any Risk of eventual Corruption and/or Conflict or Interest Attempts. But, the very Possibility of such Partnerships nowadays, naturally Reveals also a Growing Potential for CoE's Anti-Trafficking Fight in real practice, if it's Carefully and Well used.
Converging Facts, clearly Indicate that such Proposals might Probably be Discussed, and perhaps Endorsed, mutatis-mutandis, in one way or another, fully or partly, in the Wider Framework of an Exceptional Meeting, Tomorrow at the CoE in Strasbourg, of National Coordinators for CoE's Member States engaged in Anti-Trafficking efforts, (organized Together with OSCE's competent Representative : Comp. Statements made Earlier to "Eurofora" at
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coe10yearsagainsthumantrafficking.html) , in order to Design the Outlines of CoE's Activities in this field at the foeseeable Future.


- At any case, it's also a Fact that, in view of that forthcoming Meeting, Tomorrow All Day, CoE's Director on the Fight against Trafficking of Human Beings, Petya Nestorovan told "Eurofora", Later this Afternoon, that she was in a hurry to join a Team of her Collegues at CoE's adjacent "Agora" Building, where they were due to Work until Late this Evening, at the Eve of the above-mentioned Exceptional Meeting, in order to Better Prepare it on Time.

 

Meanwhile, this New point on Public-Private Partnerships against Human Trafficking was naturally mentioned, by that Panel's Rapporteur, Patricia Le Cocq from Belgium's Federal Migration Center, at the Concluding Session of the Plenary of CoE's International Conference on the 1Oth Anniversary since the PanEuropean Convention against Trafficking of Human Beings entered into force (2008-2018), later Today Afternoon.

 

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I.e., just before the Participants were Invited at a Reception organized by the incoming Presidency of COE's Committee of Ministers by Croatia (May - November 2018), which had sponsored also that Conference, (opened earlier this Morning by the Croate Deputy Minister of Justice, Ivan Crncec), where a Music and Dance Group from the Caraibes performed artfully, and, (we were told), also ...Ethically.

 

 


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παρενοχλήσεων Νορβηγικών συμφερόντων πλοίων από Τουρκικά πολεμικά κι απειλές
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Κύπρος, Κράτος-μέλος της ΕΕ, έχει κυριαρχία, κι ότι κάνει είναι σύμφωνο με το
Διεθνές Δίκαιο. Ετσι, κανείς δεν θα έπρεπε να προξενεί πρόβλημα", μας απάντησε
ο Ευρωπαικός Επίτροπος αρμόδιος για Ενέργεια, Αντρας ΠΙΕΛΜΠΑΓΚΣ, σε σχετική
ερώτησή μας.

    - ¨"Για την ΕΕ, σαν θέμα γενικής αρχής, οποιαδήποτε διαφορά σχετικά με
Φυσικούς πόρους, πρέπει να λύεται με ειρηνικά μέσα, όπως πχ. με συμφωνίες,
διαιτησία, ή με προσφυγή στο Διεθνές Δικαστήριο του ΟΗΕ στην Χάγη", μας
απάντησε εξάλλου, πάνω στο ίδιο θέμα, κι ο εκπρόσωπος για Τουρκία κι Εξωτερική
πολιτική, αντιΠρόεδρος της Σοσιαλιστικής Ομάδος ΕυρωΒουλής, Ολλανδός
ευρωβουλευτής Γιάν ΒΙΡΣΜΑ.

    - "Πιστεύω ότι είναι καλύτερο να λυθεί αυτό το θέμα στη βάση του Διεθνούς
Δικαίου", μας απάντησε προηγουμένως κι ο Υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Σουηδίας, Κάρλ
ΜΠΙΛΝΤ, που προήδευε του Συμβουλίου Ευρώπης μέχρι Νοέμβριο 2008, και θ αναλάβει
την προεδρία ΕΕ από Ιούλιο 2009.
    "Εστω κι αν δεν εναπόκειται σ εμένα να πώ ποιός παραβιάζει το Διεθνές Δίκαιο",
πρόσθεσε επιφυλακτικά, κάνοντας έμμεση αναφορά σε κάποιον Νομικό οργανισμό
αρμόδιο να επιληφθεί παρόμοιων θεμάτων.

    - "Πράγματι, το Διεθνές Δικαστήριο (International Court of Justice) μπορεί να
χειριστεί παρόμοιες διαφορές για φυσικούς πόρους".
    Αντίθετα απ την Τουρκία, που απειλεί με βία, "διάφορα (άλλα) Κράτη, που θέλαν
να εμποδίσουν ένα τρίτο Κράτος να χρησιμοποιήσει φυσικούς πόρους, για διάφορους
λόγους, προσέφυγαν στο Διεθνές Δικαστήριο. Ετσι, έχουμε κάμποσες υποθέσεις, είτε
για προστασία εθνικών φυσικών πόρων από υφαρπαγές (κλοπή), είτε όταν ένα Κράτος
ζητά να εμποδιστεί ένα άλλο Κράτος να κάνει κάποια χρήση των φυσικών του πόρων,
για κάποιο λόγο", μας είπε ο έμπειρος Καθηγητής Ρεημόν ΡΑΝΖΕΒΑ, τέως
αντι-Πρόεδρος του Διεθνούς Δικαστηρίου (ΙCJ).

    Ετσι, η Τουρκία, υποψήφια για ένταξη στην ΕΕ, κινδυνεύει να φανεί ...
χειρότερη κι από Λατινο-Αμερικανικά Κράτη, που. αντί ν απειλούν με βία, όπως
κάνει η Αγκυρα, αντίθετα προσέφυγαν στο ΔΔ, σε παρόμοιες διαφορές για φυσικούς
πόρους.

    - "Οταν ένα Κράτος ασκεί βία για φυσικούς πόρους, έχουμε ορισμένα απ τα
βαρύτερα παραδείγματα παραβιάσεων κι Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων, πχ, μ εισβολές,
κατοχές, διώξεις προσφύγων, μαζικές εισροές ξένων εποίκων, κπα", μας είπε,
επιπλέον, κι η Πρόεδρος της Αφρικανικής Επιτροπής Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων, Κα
Σανζί Μοναγκενγκ.
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