Turkey has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (“Convention”). The Convention aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, protect trafficking victims, prosecute traffickers, as well as promote co-ordination of national actions and international co-operation. The Convention will enter into effect in Turkey on the first day of the fourth month after the accession instrument is deposited with the Council of Europe’s Secretary General.

Signatory countries are monitored by the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (“GRETA”). GRETA regularly publishes reports evaluating the measures taken by signatories, as well as requires countries which do not fully respect the Convention’s measures to step up their action. 

The Convention’s ratification legislation was enacted on 30 January 2016 and published on the Official Gazette on 19 February 2016.

Please see this link for the full text of the ratification legislation (only available in Turkish) and this link for the full text of the Convention (in English).

Information first published in the MA | Gazette, a fortnightly legal update newsletter produced by Moroğlu Arseven.