Ending the trade in “tools of torture”: Five key principles

Every year in countries around the world, law enforcement officials subject detainees to torture and other forms of ill-treatment using a variety of equipment and techniques. Some equipment – such as body worn electric shock devices – is inherently abusive, while other equipment, like ordinary handcuffs, can have a legitimate role in law enforcement, but is systematically abused. To end this trade in “tools of torture” and prevent torture and other ill-treatment, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation are calling on all States to incorporate in their legal and administrative frameworks five principles.

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