I’ve gone through the arguments on the new Directive in my previous post http://olgaivannikova.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/a-call-to-the-liberal-democrats/
Cameron’s comments at PMQs yesterday showed that the current government thinking is not to opt in to this. This may be our only chance to change it. The motion which I drafted up is on the ballot for emergency motions on Sunday.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported so far, but now we need to try to make sure that it is picked for Wednesday morning debate.
Ballot papers will be published in Sunday’s Conference Daily, and should be returned to the ballot box in the auditorium between 09.00 and 13.00 on Sunday 19th September. If you are in Liverpool on Sunday please support the fight against human trafficking and tell your friends
The motion itself:
‘Conference notes that on 31st August 2010 the Home Office announced that the Coalition Government will not opt in to the new draft EU Directive on Human Trafficking, which repeals Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA.
Conference notes that the new directive includes a series of measures protecting victims of trafficking, such as non-punishment of victims, measures to provide compensation and medical and psychological assistance.
Conference notes that on 16th June the Anti-trafficking monitoring body, comprising of charities such as Amnesty International, ECPAT UK and Anti-Slavery International described the Government strategy as ‘not fit for purpose’ and potentially discriminatory.
Conference believes that not opting in to the directive will harm international efforts to combat human trafficking.
Conference therefore resolves to:
1. Reaffirm the Liberal Democrats’ long standing opposition to all forms of human trafficking.
2. Call on Liberal Democrat ministers to argue strongly for the Coalition Government to opt in to the new directive.’