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OSCE: Human trafficking for labour exploitation modern-day slavery

Human trafficking for labour exploitation is a new form of slavery that occurs on a massive scale, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, has said.

Ms. Giammarinaro emphasized that trafficking for labour exploitation is best prevented by building a fair and democratic society that respects human rights and workers' rights and bans all forms of exploitation, including exploitation of migrant workers.
 

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Europe investigating migrant deaths in Mediterranean

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has launched an inquiry into who is responsible for the more than 1,000 “boat people” thought to have perished in the Mediterranean since January 2011 while trying to reach European soil from North Africa.

Following a request for an inquiry signed by 34 members of the Assembly, PACE’s Migration Committee today appointed Mrs. Tineke Strik to prepare a report on “Lives lost in the Mediterranean sea: who is responsible?”
 

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Stars show homophobia and transphobia the red card

Sports personalities and celebrities including tennis legend Billie Jean King, rugby's Gareth Thomas and Ben Cohen, and David Furnish committed to tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport last night at a Downing Street reception attended by the Prime Minister David Cameron  and Home Secretary Theresa May.

Stars and sports organisations signed the government's charter for action at the event held ahead of Gay Pride.
 

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender still discriminated in Europe

“Millions of people in Europe are discriminated, stigmatised and even victims of violence because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, has said.

In a new report published today on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Hammarberg said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons “cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. There is an urgent need for all European governments to remedy this situation and take policy and legislative measures to combat homophobia and transphobia.”

The report is the result of a two-year study carried out by the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. It contains a socio-legal analysis of the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons across member states, relying on data and information made available by public authorities, national human rights structures, non-governmental organisations and experts. It also builds on research and data made available by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
 

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Guide for police on identifying and assisting trafficking victims launched

The OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit has launched a new guide for police on identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking.

The publication, “Trafficking in human beings: identification of potential and presumed victims. A community policing approach”, is based on the findings of a meeting of anti-trafficking and community policing experts hosted by the OSCE in November 2010 in Vienna.

It was launched on the sidelines of the 11th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference hosted by the OSCE.
 

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