Bosnia Joins Initiative to End Trade in Torture Tools

Bosnia joined an international alliance for torture-free trade, launched at the United Nations General Assembly this week, in New York. The initiative of the European Union, Argentina and Mongolia, joined by 58 countries, aims to stop the trade in goods used to carry out executions and commit torture.

By joining the alliance, countries have agreed to take measures to control and restrict exports of these goods, equip customs authorities with appropriate tools, make technical assistance available to help countries with setting up and implementing laws to ban this trade and exchange practices for efficient control and enforcement systems.

These products serve no other purpose than inflicting terrible pain and killing people

Partly as a consequence of tougher rules in the EU and elsewhere, drugs for lethal injections and torture goods have become more difficult to get and more expensive to buy. However, producers and traders of these goods try to circumvent such laws. The alliance for torture-free trade is a way to take specific steps to stop the trade in such goods globally, making it significantly more difficult to obtain them.

International law bans torture in all circumstances. Despite this, tools of death and pain are still traded across the globe. These include batons with metal spikes, electric shock belts, grabbers that seize people while electrocuting them, chemicals used to execute people and the forced injection systems that go with them.

“These products serve no other purpose than inflicting terrible pain and killing people. Now, we are taking concrete action to shut down this despicable trade. I am thrilled that so many countries around the globe have signed up to the joint Declaration and joined this Alliance. By standing together, we demonstrate that we will not tolerate this trade any longer,” said European Union Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström.

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