SPC invited to Cyprus by PRIO and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Institute

SPC were one of the main organisations invited to a training and awareness raising event in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 28th and 29th September. The event was organised by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) which conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people.

The main event ‘International Best Practices in Combatting Human Trafficking’ took place on the 28th at Chateau Status, Nicosia in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus but was hosted by the PRIO Cyprus Centre based in the Republic of Cyprus. This was a symbolic event with delegates and participants crossing the border daily to take part in the event.

The event was co-hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

The event was followed by a closed workshop on human trafficking which included participants from Cyprus, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Israel, and Palestine. The forum include human trafficking practitioners, human rights experts and NGOs. A full and open discussion took place on ways to foster cooperation between agencies. Political differences were set aside with the sole agenda of protecting the victims of trafficking. Best practice was shared and networks solidified.

Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We document general trends, seek to understand processes, and inform concrete responses.

Bernie Gravett shared the platform with the US FBI and the New York District Attorney’s Office to deliver professional expert knowledge on organised crime involvement in human trafficking, investigation and victim recognition.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany´s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert. Ebert, a Social Democrat from a humble crafts background who had risen to hold the highest political office in his country. As a private cultural non-profit institution, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.

FES Cyprus

Since 1986, the FES promotes a cooperative dialogue between political decision makers and civil society in Cyprus. In collaboration with local, regional and international partners, FES Cyprus organizes workshops, seminars, presentations and conferences. In general, the partner organisations of the FES in Cyprus are civil society organisations, universities and research centres, trade unions, professional organisations, the political elite, local administrations, media representatives and international organisations.