The Trade in Tools of Torture: A South African Case Study

This report discusses the South African trade in law enforcement equipment that may be used for torture and ill treatment. Currently, there are no controls on this trade into, or from, South Africa. Various policy and legislative changes should be made to better regulate it. These include prohibiting the import and export of security equipment that has no practical purpose other than for torture. South Africa should also control the trade in any equipment that can have a legitimate law enforcement role but can be (mis)used for torture or ill treatment.