Ukraine joins Alliance against torture instruments trade

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alliance is a joint initiative of the EU, Argentine and Mongolia
18:25, 19 September 2017

Ukraine joined the Alliance against torture instruments trade and execution of the death penalty on September 18. The press service of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine reported this.

'The international Alliance against torture instrument trade was created yesterday in New York during the week of the UN General Assembly. Ukraine and the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin joined the Alliance. It is a joint initiative of the EU, Argentine and Mongolia that consists of 58 countries. It aims to stop the trade of the instruments that are used for the execution of the death penalty and tortures', the message said.

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International law prohibits the tortures in any circumstances.

It is noted that the instruments of death and pain are still sold and purchase all over the world despite this. They include: the bludgeons with the metal thorns, electroconvulsive belts, means of holding of people during the electroshock torture, chemicals for death penalty and systems of the involuntary injections.

'These instruments do not serve for anything despite the horrible pain and murders. Today we make the certain steps to stop this shameful trade. I am glad that there are so many countries all over the world that signed the joint declaration and joined this Alliance. We show that we will not stand such trade by holding together', the European Commissioner on Trade Cecilia Malmström said.

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58 countries from Africa, America, Europe and Asia took part in the creation of the Alliance. They signed the joint political declaration. The countries agreed four key points of the action plan joining NATO:

-assume measures on control and restriction of the export of such instruments;

-provision of the customs with the proper equipment. The platform for the monitoring of the trade flows, information exchange and exposure of the new instruments within Alliance;

-provision of the technical support during the work out and implementation of the laws that prohibit such trade;

-experience exchange in the sphere of the effective scheme of control and observance.

It is noted that it is harder to buy the chemicals for the death injections and torture instruments in the EU and other countries.

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'They became more expensive. And it is thanks to the stricter legislation. However the producers and dealers of such production try to avoid these laws. This way, more countries obliged to prohibit the export of such instruments then the efforts to stop this trade will be more effective. Alliance against torture instruments trade is one of the certain steps that can be taken to make the purchase of such instruments harder and stop the trade of such instruments all over the world', the message said.


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