Tackling the Tools of Torture and Supporting Reparation

This new project aims to prevent future incidents of torture and ill-treatment, increase accountability for prior incidents and contribute to reparation for survivors through a distinctive focus on the use and trade of the tools of torture used to perpetrate such acts

The project is funded by the EU’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) under its Prevention of Torture strand of work, and runs for three years, from April 2018 to September 2021.

The project addresses the role of the tools of torture in human right abuses by focusing on three inter-related issues: use, trade and reparation. Efforts at the national level are largely focused on three regional leaders whose stance on human rights issues and policy initiatives are often replicated by their neighbours: South Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. Equally, the project will conduct new research, and disseminate new knowledge at regional and international levels, to feed into processes aimed at creating or improving existing controls on the trade and use of tools of torture.

The project focuses on the following three issues:
The Trade in Tools of Torture: The project promotes strengthening trade controls at all levels to make it more difficult for those who are, or would be, involved in torture and ill-treatment to receive equipment to facilitate such abuse. This involves engaging officials responsible for national controls in the three target countries and using our technical expertise to boost regional and international initiatives.

Limiting the Use of the Tools of Torture: By promoting clearer human rights-based standards on how, and when, law enforcement officials use weapons and equipment, and enhancing the technical capacity of monitors to provide effective oversight of these standards, the project aims to contribute to a reduction in the misuse of law enforcement equipment and weapons, thus helping to curb excessive use of force and ill-treatment.

Supporting Reparation for Survivors: By providing rehabilitation professionals with the tools to effectively record testimony of the use of tools of torture, and by facilitating cooperation and information-sharing between rehabilitation and legal professionals, the project supports torture survivors’ efforts to obtain comprehensive reparation.

For further details please download the information leaflet - available in English, Indonesian and Portuguese.