Controlling the Trade of Torture Goods

The prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is one of the fundamental rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5). However, it is only recently that concrete measures have been taken in order to address the trade of torture or execution goods. This note traces recent developments regarding the measures to control the trade of this type of goods, and questions their relevance and effectiveness at the UN, European and Belgian levels.

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