The deployment of kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs) and other types of projectiles against protesters has led to thousands of injuries across the world – including permanent disabilities and scores of deaths. In many cases KIPs have been used as a tool of intimidation and punishment against peaceful protesters. Given the grave human rights impacts of KIPs, strict national, regional and global regulation over not just their adoption and use, but their design and trade is essential. This includes the creation of a robust Torture-Free Trade Treaty which bans inherently abusive law enforcement equipment and introduces strict, human rights-based trade controls on other equipment.
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