The European Council against the Trade in Instruments of Torture

EUROPE, 5 Apr 2021

Riccardo Noury | Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

(Photo by Amnesty International)

2 Apr 2021 – On March 31, the Committee of Ministers of the European Council adopted a formal recommendation by which the 47 member states will effectively fight the trade in torture equipment.

The recommendation, long solicited by Amnesty International and Omega Research Foundation, provides for the total ban to the trading of any instruments intentionally aimed to cause pain (i.e. sharp sticks, heavy handcuffs and devices that are applied to the detainees’ body which release electric discharges) and requires stricter controls on the trade in police items potentially used to torture: for example, pepper spray, tear gas and bullets that release electrical shocks.

Finally, the recommendation provides guidance on how to control the trade in certain drugs which may be used to carry out death penalties.


– Spokesperson for Amnesty International Italia, of which he has been a member since 1980. Author and co-author of numerous publications on human rights, the latest of which is “Srebrenica- Laustizia negata” (with Luca Leone, Infinito Edizioni 2015). Blogger for the Corriere della Sera, The Daily Fact, Article 21 and collaborator of Pressenza.

Translation by Roberta Mereu,  from the voluntary Pressenza translation team.

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