According to the new Draft Law on the Protector of Citizens, which has been up for public consultation since Wednesday, 28 April 2021, the Protector of Citizens will be acting as the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings, Ms. Jelena Stojanović, the Deputy Protector of Citizens for Child Rights and Gender Equality, has said.
"The Protector of Citizens, as an independent state body, is experienced in conducting investigations, both upon citizens' complaints and on own initiative, to control the legality and regularity of the competent bodies’ work upon learning that trafficking in human beings is implicated,” said Ms. Stojanović at the meeting of the Regional Working Group of representatives of national institutions that handle monitoring and reporting in the field of trafficking in human beings.
At the online meeting, Stojanović reminded that the revised Action Plan for the negotiating Chapter 23 envisages the appointment of a national rapporteur on trafficking in human beings within the Institution of the Protector of Citizens. The meeting of the Regional Working Group, consisting of representatives of national institutions from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Albania and Serbia, was held within the regional project "BAN 3 - Balkans Act Now" implemented by the "Astra" organization.
In the Regional Working Group, each country is represented by three representatives of the national working group that prepared the monitoring report to review the situation in the field of protection of trafficking victims, which can serve to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of legislative and institutional mechanisms to combat trafficking. On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, the working group includes representatives of the Protector of Citizens, the Ministry of the Interior and the Center for the Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings.