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Stop trade in torture tools

TORTURE: A UN resolution on trade in tools used for torture will bring us one step closer to the goal of a world without torture.

There is no situation there torture is acceptable or appropriate. Any practice that destroys the victim's body and soul to control his or her will is an abuse of human dignity. Studies show that torture is a very effective method that, in addition to the catastrophic consequences it can have for the victim, can provide the torturer with false information, contrary to its intent.

Although torture is strictly prohibited by international law, it is still widespread. FN has a special day for the support of torture victims, June 26 ,. The best way to support and honor the victims is by taking measures to stop, or at least prevent, this. . .

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Malmström is a Swedish EU commissioner responsible for trade issues and former EU minister. © Project Syndicate, www.project-syndicate.org

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