No More Delays: Putting an end to the EU trade in “tools of torture”. June 2012.
On the 16 November 2011, representatives of Amnesty International and Omega presented the organisations’ findings regarding their on-going assessment of the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1236/2005 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capitcal punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This was presented to the Committee on Common Rules for Exports of Products, which reports to the European Commission. On 20 December 2011, following a formal review of the Regulation and its implementation, the Commission published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1352/2011 which updated and strengthened the Regulation’s controls in three areas – body worn electric-shock devices, spiked batons and pharmaceutical chemicals utilised in capital punishment. On 2 March 2012, the Commission launched a call for applications to a new ‘expert group’, which will assist with a further in-depth review of the Regulation this year. This group will also look at how to address the outstanding issues in the 2010 Parliament resolution and whether there is a need for legislative follow-up.