UN: Essential elements of the Torture-Free Trade Treaty

This paper sets out the key content and operational features of a prospective international instrument, a Torture-Free Trade Treaty, that is currently being discussed at the UN. Such an instrument would be aimed at prohibiting the manufacture and trade in inherently abusive law enforcement equipment and controlling the trade in equipment that can be used for torture and other forms of ill-treatment. The paper cites relevant existing standards in a discussion covering the potential treaty’s principles and goals, prohibitions and trade controls and monitoring and operational aspects.

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