Rapporteur on banning trade in torture goods encourages pan-European support for EU initiative

Vusal Huseynov (Azerbaijan, EPP/CD), rapporteur on strengthening international regulations against trade in goods used for torture and the death penalty, today welcomed the launch at the United Nations of the ‘Alliance for Torture-Free Trade’ by Cecilia Malmström, EU commissioner for trade, Jorge Faure, foreign minister of Argentina, and Tsend Munkh-Orgil, foreign minister of Mongolia.

“Thanks to the European Convention on Human Rights and its additional protocols, torture and the death penalty have been made unlawful throughout the Council of Europe. The Parliamentary Assembly continues to play a leading role in maintaining and continuing this progress,” said Mr Huseynov. “It is a shameful anomaly that certain goods that are intended for use in torture or executions, or which law enforcement authorities can readily abuse for such purposes, are still being produced, marketed or brokered by companies based in Council of Europe member States.”

“My report will investigate the extent to which this trade exists in our member States, study the various national regimes that are intended to regulate it, and make proposals for harmonising and strengthening those regulations. Through this, the Assembly will complement and support the new Alliance through specific recommendations to states throughout Europe,” he concluded.