source: Sputnik News
published: 19 September 2017
The European Union is leading an international effort to end global trade in torture devices and lethal drugs used in capital punishment – an initiative that could spell curtains for the death penalty the world over.
The European Union is at the forefront of a global campaign, The Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, backed by over 60 countries, to compel the United Nations to end the trade in torture devices and lethal drugs used in capital punishment.
While a number of major exporters and users of both apparatuses are in the group’s crosshairs, the US looms largest.
The effort was launched at UN HQ September 18, and saw over 60 UN member countries sign up to a joint political declaration, calling for measures to control and restrict exports of lethal goods, equip customs authorities with appropriate tools to combat the trade, offer technical assistance to help countries with setting up and implementing laws to ban the trade and exchange practices for efficient control and enforcement systems.
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