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Celebrating together the Tenth Anniversary of Talitha Kum.

 

Celebrating together the Tenth Anniversary of Talitha Kum click here for more information.

Stop Trafficking. 

 

The September 2019 issue is available at the following link: http://www.stopenslavement.org/ To access and download, click on the ‘photo’ of the first page or click the ‘current issue’ link.

Brace yourself for this month’s issue as it comprehensively reviews the extent of Child Trafficking globally.

The backdrop to the exploitation of Filipino children sets the tone and is followed by features on  Child Sex Tourism; the concept of ‘’Predators;’’ How Children bond with their traffickers; the potential dangers to children of hanging out online and more.

There is a particularly informative section on Safeguarding Children and the use of online apps. and alerts regarding same.

Congratulations once again to Jean Schafer, SDS, for her stellar work!

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

 

Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law- Highlights from the Council of Europe report 2018.

 

Marie Hélène Halligon, olcgs, RENATE delegate to the Conference of INGO’s at the Council of Europe, shares with us the above report issued September 2019.

This is an Activity Report, featuring items on the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of local and regional authorities, the European Court of Human Rights, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Council of Europe and External Relations, plus political advice regarding Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Democracy and Actions in the Field and more.

The chapter on the Conference of International non-Governmental Organisations (CoINGO’s) specifically relates to Civil Society’s voice in the Council of Europe  and the Voice of solidarity with European Civil Society. It is in this context that RENATE has representation at the table and has managed to ensure Human Trafficking is recognised at the CoINGO’s as an urgent concern for Civil Society.

We are grateful to Marie Helene and her continued commitment to ensuring Modern Slavery is to the fore at the Council.

“Many parts of Europe today face threats to freedom of expression, discrimination of minorities and vulnerable people as well as risks to independent judiciaries and the rule of law. New challenges are emerging, including new forms of slavery and exploitation and the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights. Together with our member states we are therefore reinforcing our organisation to be ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges.” (Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe)

Full report available at :  https://edoc.coe.int/en/activity-report/7973-pdf-council-of-europe-highlights-2017.html

Additional information on the Conference of INGOs at: https://rm.coe.int/leaflet-conference-ingo-en/1680955aea

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

 

 

RENATE Retreat, Malta, September 2019.

 

Ten RENATE members enjoyed a wonderful retreat at Mount St. Joseph Retreat House in Mosta, Malta. Fr. Paul Pace, sj, led the Retreat

While a report will follow in due course, we want to share with you some feedback best described as  ‘’words from the heart,’’ of one of the attendees!

‘’Just to say many thanks for the opportunity of our retreat in Malta.

I found it most inspiring as well as peaceful and thoughtful.

My only reserve is that I would have liked an additional day, but we did well with the three full days, so cannot look a ‘gift horse in the mouth’

Paul gave us enough food for thought with Scriptural references to last for much longer than 3 days!

Paul is an inspiring retreat-giver, who epitomises his surname, Pace in his character! His choice of Scriptural readings were thoughtful and meditative, appropriate for our work and in tune with all that is involved in the whole sorry mess of human trafficking.

The themes within the overall theme, for each day were hopeful, encouraging and positively inspiring.

You certainly chose a very apt person to lead us, obviously he is very much ‘in tune’ with the work of RENATE and human trafficking.

Retreats are seldom attuned specifically to the work one does, so that was a real bonus.

I was glad to be present.

Mount St Joseph’s is a good venue too and of course the weather adds to the whole experience, tho’ it was sometimes a little too hot to go walking in the afternoons. In the cool of the evenings, a welcome time!’’

Hoping the above will encourage more RENATE members to take up the opportunity to apply to attend next year’s retreat!

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

LAL BATTI EXPRESS*: Young survivors drive us on their journey. Reflection from RENATE member Marie Hélène Halligon, olcgs, event to mark 30 July 2019- UN International Day against Trafficking in Persons.

 

On the 30th of July 2019, I was invited to attend a show given by young Indian survivors of Trafficking coming to Europe (St James of Compostela, Belgium and Rome, as far as I know). Sylvie Bianchi (from SAMILIA) has been attending a presentation on Human trafficking I gave in our community which is located in the red-light district of Brussels, so I went to “La Tricoterie”, a very special place welcoming the group and many other activities.

We had a beautiful moment, as the girls play their own journey through trafficking and surviving, from their childhood up to now: students or formators…

In turn, they very simply play their own stories and their story together, sometimes interacting with the attendance (200 people or so) and it was emotional indeed when they were in tears while going through their painful past…

14 girls from

17 to 23 years old

Every 10 or 15 minutes, they invited us to join in, or playing with them, or answering a few questions or asking for our reaction to the play.

This above part of the play was one which shew us how they were shackled by being trafficked, and the way they got out of it, with a large scarf they bounded them in.

At the end of the play, I told them: “We all have to learn from you” …

And then the UN Ambassador gave them all a present and sung for them to thank them and their staff for their play and above all for their courage!

https://www.facebook.com/FondationSamilia

Marie Hélène Halligon

“The Red Light Express”

How to better fight together, the trafficking of women in West Africa for the purposes of the sex trade and to support their rehabilitation?

 

 

RENATE members in France share with us news of the forthcoming conference which will take place in Paris, on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

The Sovereign Order of Malta, through its two anti-trafficking ambassadors in Geneva (Michel Veuthey) and Lagos, Nigeria (Romain de Villeneuve), is organizing this symposium to discuss the issue of the sexual exploitation of young women in West Africa, particularly Nigerian women victims of trafficking.

This conference aims to strengthen synergies, partnerships and alliances between the various regional and international agencies and organizations, local non-governmental organizations and civil society, including local faith-based organizations and has two specific objectives: (1) Strengthen relations between the different actors involved in the fight against trafficking and (2) Continue to elaborate and implement solutions identified with the help of experts.

Starting at 08:30, involving keynote speeches and three Round-table discussion groups, the conference will conclude with a buffet lunch at 13:00, to facilitate further networking and engagement amongst the attendees.

Contact and registration:

HumanTraffickingEvent@ordredemaltefrance.org

Human Like You – Launch of Human Trafficking National Education campaign – Malta.

 

 

On 20th July 2019, Malta launched the National Education campaign on Human Trafficking. The launch took place in the Cardinal`s Hall at the Inquisitor`s Palace in Vittoriosa ( Birgu).

RENATE member, Sr. Margaret Gonzi, olcgs, attended, representing the domestic violence shelter Dar Merhba Bik Foundation. Margaret was delighted to attend and took the opportunity to network with the invited guests and also promote the work of RENATE. Margaret believes that ‘Human Like You’ campaign will educate people on the different forms of human trafficking in society, with educational campaigns highlighting real-life cases, how they occur and how one can protect oneself from vulnerability to trafficking.

“People think it’s only illegal immigration and sex work, but there is more to human trafficking than we think,” Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms Julia Farrugia Portelli said. A consultation process on human trafficking will be undertaken by the government, putting at the forefront the people’s views and opinions on the issues. “When the consultation process is complete, we will go back to people with viable solutions,” the parliamentary secretary said.

At the forefront of the campaign is a newly launched website which features real stories of people who were the victims of human trafficking, available at: https://trafficking.gov.mt/en/

Margaret is keen to follow up on this Human Trafficking awareness-raising campaign and looks forward to the success of the campaign as it extends across the country.

Andrew West interviews Kevin Hyland at an event at Parliament House,  hosted by War on Slavery (War on Slavery).

 

UK’s former anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland, OBE, has been in Austral-Asia in July, meeting political and business leaders and discussing the crime of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.

Currently, despite being illegal worldwide, 40-45 million people live in slavery, one quarter of whom are children. Two thirds of modern slaves are held in the Austral-Asia region, the largest number of slaves the world has ever seen.

A panel of experts got together recently in New South Wales Parliament House, Australia,  to discuss modern slavery, forced slavery and human trafficking.

Log on to the following link, to hear Kevin’s interview with Andrew West of ABC  broadcasting studios, Australia.

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/slavery/11313704

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – WITHOUT EXCEPTION: THE POLITICS AND POETICS OF LOCAL RESPONSES TO DISPLACEMENT-24-25 October 2019.

 

The Refugee Hosts project is pleased to announce this two day conference, bringing together key academics, practitioners, creatives and experts in the fields of migration, displacement and refugees, to challenge, inform and debate dominant humanitarian discourse, the politics and ethics of knowledge production, and current theory and practice in relation to forced migration.

Where: IAS Common Ground, University College London. (click here for full address and map). There will also be live-streaming of the Conference, with subtitles

Through a series of presentations, panel and roundtable discussions, workshops and film screenings, the conference provides an opportunity to join Refugee Hosts’ ‘community of conversation’ on key themes including:

  • Disrupting humanitarian narratives
  • Stories of overlapping displacement
  • Hosting, hospitality and the common good
  • The politics and ethics of knowledge production in refugee and conflict situations
  • Translation, literature and refugee response
  • Rethinking community, rights and displacement

Through these debates and conversations, the conference will evaluate future opportunities and challenges for understanding and responding to forced displacement and refugees, and will map out future research and policy agendas.

Refugee Hosts Conference Infomration

To register for the event please visit the conference Eventbrite page.

Update on GRETA’s 35th plenary meeting, 8-12 July 2019, Strasbourg.

 

The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) held its 35th meeting from 8 to 12 July 2019 in Strasbourg.

During the meeting, GRETA adopted final reports on Hungary, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey. These reports will be sent to the authorities concerned and will subsequently be made public, together with eventual final comments received from the authorities.

GRETA also approved draft reports on the Czech Republic and Monaco. GRETA decided to transmit these draft reports to the national authorities concerned and to ask them to submit their comments within two months. The comments will be taken into account when GRETA draws up its final evaluation reports. GRETA draft reports remain confidential until their final adoption.

During the meeting, GRETA held an exchange of views on the proposals for strengthening action against trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation made in the Secretary General’s report “Ready for Future Challenges – Reinforcing the Council of Europe”.

Further, in the context of the meeting, GRETA held an exchange of views with Alexander Segel, Executive Secretary of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) and Head of the Cybercrime Division, and Virgil Spiridon, Head of Operations, Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe (C-PROC).

12/07/2019