Emergency motion on Human trafficking

I’ve gone through the arguments on the new Directive in my previous post https://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.’

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5 Responses to “Emergency motion on Human trafficking”

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  3. yogesh Says:

    Trafficking is a global issue. tragedy of trafficking is thousand of young girls and boys are sold into modern-day slavery. Sold provides a compelling look into this dark, inhuman, and exploitative world and shows how each one of us can help to prevent modern-day slavery.



    Trafficking is a severe political, cultural and moral issue which is blissfully neglected most of the time, unless some polticians need a tool to scare the public.

    It may be against the Conseratives “principles” to honestly support this directive but it is within our principles to support it, now and allthrough the politcal process.

    I am up here in Scotland and will not be at the conference but I will keep in touch with this through the live broadcast and online.


  5. John E Merritt Says:

    What possible justification is there for not supporting this motion!
    Good luck.

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