Torture-Free Trade Treaty Summit & The Shoreditch Declaration

On 18th and 19th January, Omega researchers attended the Torture-Free Trade Treaty Summit at the Human Rights Action Centre in London. The Summit was organised by Amnesty International, Omega, the Harvard International Human Rights Law Clinic, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). Attended by over 50 in-person participants, and more than 60 virtual participants, the Summit was an opportunity for civil society from around the world to make connections, share knowledge, and further the campaign for a Torture-Free Trade Treaty. More information on the process towards a Torture-Free Trade Treaty to date is available on our dedicated webpage.

At the close of the Summit, more than 30 organisations - including the Omega Research Foundation - signed the Shoreditch Declaration for a Torture-Free Trade Treaty. The Declaration calls for prohibitions on the manufacture and trade of inherently abusive equipment (including spiked batons and body-worn electric shock weapons, for example), as well as effective human rights-based trade controls on standard law enforcement equipment often used to commit acts of torture or other ill-treatment (such as pepper spray and standard handcuffs).

More information on a large range of weapons and equipment - including images, technical details, and policy information - is available on Omega's website here.

More information on the Declaration is available here.

Get in touch if you have any questions and if your organisation would like to sign the Shoreditch Declaration.