European Union: Stopping the Trade in the Tools of Torture

27/02/2007 – At a time when the use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment  remains widespread in many countries and has even been justified as part of the “war on terror”, governments of the European Union (EU) have made a commitment to prevent the trade in what may broadly be described as “tools of torture”. However, the EU commitment is not yet strong enough to adequately prevent this trade.