Ending the Torture Trade: The path to global controls on the 'tools of torture'

Omega-Amnesty report released ahead of ahead of a high-level UN meeting on the ‘torture trade’

Law enforcement equipment which is inherently abusive or which is readily misused for torture or other ill-treatment continues to be traded across the world. But legal and administrative restrictions have advanced significantly over the past two decades. As the UN considers the feasibility of a global instrument, this report brings together illustrative cases of equipment misuse, and proposes an anti-torture trade framework to help states and the UN to close remaining gaps. To fulfil their obligations to prevent and eradicate torture and other ill-treatment, all states must ensure that the trade in abusive goods is prohibited, and that other law enforcement equipment is only traded under robust human-rights compliant trade controls. Similar global controls and prohibitions must also be placed on goods used to carry out the death penalty, including dual use pharmaceutical chemicals used as part of lethal injection executions.