OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Bucharest Declaration (2000) (excerpts)

BUCHAREST DECLARATION

OF THE

OSCE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

BUCHAREST, 10 JULY 2000

RESOLUTION

ON

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HELSINKI FINAL ACT

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8. Recollecting that the 1999 St. Petersburg Declaration of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly noted the importance of combating the trafficking of women and children, strengthening efforts against corruption and organized crime and reinforcing the efforts to end discrimination against Roma and on the grounds of religious belief;

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CHAPTER III. DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN QUESTIONS

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Trafficking in persons

82. Recognizing the links between corruption, organized crime, and trafficking in human beings, recalling the St. Petersburg Declaration on Trafficking in Women and Children and the Charter for European Security, which call on participating States, inter alia, to undertake measures to eliminate trafficking in human beings, and commending the attention given to the issue of trafficking in human beings, including at the Istanbul Summit and as the subject of an OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting;

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Trafficking in persons

106. Urgently appeals to participating States to adopt and implement laws that criminalize trafficking in human beings while ensuring that victims of trafficking do not face undue prosecution as a result of having been trafficked;

107. Urges participating States to combat trafficking in women by eliminating those obstacles to equal economic opportunity for women which increase women’s need to migrate for employment and, thereby, increase their susceptibility to human trafficking, through the adoption of anti-discrimination laws which enable women to seek effective legal redress if they suffer discrimination in employment on the basis of gender;

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