Recent news and events

EVENT: Capacity-Building on Investigating Torture for Mexico City Judiciary, September 2021

Between September 23 and 27, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, the Anti-Torture Initiative and the Omega Research Foundation, with the participation of the Onudh Mexico, had the opportunity to work with 60 judges, magistrates and medical and psychological experts from the Judiciary of Mexico City, in trainings that included international and national standards on the prevention, investigation and punishment of torture, the use of force, and the documentation of medical and psychological examinations in light of the Istanbul Protocol: The Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. [more...]


NEWS: UK Working Group on Arms statement on the continuous conflict between Israel and Palestine, June 2021

The UK Working Group on Arms (UKWG) welcomes the latest Israel-Gaza ceasefire, bringing temporary but essential relief to those under attack. However, we note that this does nothing to address the underlying causes of the conflict or to end it, and therefore call on the UK government to consider this broader context when setting arms export policy. We recognise that the UK has never approved arms sales to Palestinian armed groups. It has, however, approved the transfer of large quantities of arms to Israel throughout the extended history of the conflict, despite the longstanding risk that equipment might be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. [more...]


PRESS RELEASE: Council of Europe takes decisive action to combat torture tools trade, March 2021

The Council of Europe (CoE) has today taken a vital step towards stemming the trade in torture tools and execution equipment, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation said, as they called on all CoE member states to live up to commitments made today. 

The CoE Committee of Ministers adopted a formal Recommendation which provides a framework for states to better regulate the trade in goods which could be used for “capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”. The Committee of Ministers is the CoE’s decision-making body, composed of government representatives of 47 member states.

“We welcome this decisive action by the Council of Europe - we cannot end torture without stopping the trade in equipment used to inflict it. All 47 CoE member states must now swiftly implement these recommendations, to ensure none of them is trading in pain and suffering,” said Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Europe.

“This Recommendation is also essential for reining in abusive police forces all over the world. It sends a clear message to governments that the trade in certain law enforcement equipment is conditional on respect for human rights.”  [more...]


AWARD! Webby Award Winner - Tear Gas: An Investigation, March 2021

Tear Gas: An Investigation has won a Webby Award! Detailing concerns about the use of tear gas, the web platform features technical information on tear gas, including about its medical and health effects, as well as expert interviews, information on trade restrictions, and maps incidents of abuse.

Check out the platform on Amnesty International’s site, and thank you to everyone who voted for us! [more...]