Stakeholders’ consultations (17 January 2022)
“Towards torture-free trade: examining the feasibility, scope and parameters for possible common international standards”


The Group of Governmental experts is currently undertaking research and consultations to inform its report to the General Assembly, and the consultation on 17 January is a key meeting in this process. The overall focus of the consultation is to explore perspectives on the elaboration of international standards for the import, export and transfer of goods used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and possible ways forward. Accordingly, and for the purposes of the preparation of its report, the Group of Governmental experts invites representatives from interested States, United Nations organisations and agencies, international and regional organizations, civil society, national human rights institutions, academics and other experts to discuss: (i) the feasibility of common international standards; (ii) the scope of goods to be included; (iii) the draft parameters for a range of options to establish common international standards on the matter; and (iv) whether the question of the death penalty should be addressed on an equal footing with torture  or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


NGOs and Academia: