United Nations

General Assembly

Distr.: General
2 July 2019

Seventy-third session
Agenda item 74

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
on 28 June 2019
[without reference to a Main Committee (A/73/L.94 and A/73/L.94/Add.1)]


Towards torture-free trade: examining the feasibility, scope and
parameters for possible common international standards
The General Assembly,
Guided by the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United
Nations, and reaffirming its respect for and commitment to international law,
including international human rights law,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1 the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 2 and the Second Optional Protocol thereto 3
and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment 4 and the Optional Protocol thereto, 5
Reaffirming its resolution 72/163 of 19 December 2017, in which it called upon
all States to take appropriate effective legislative, administrative, judicial and other
measures to prevent and prohibit the production, trade, export, import and use of
equipment that has no practical use other than for the purpose of torture or other crue l,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,
Noting and encouraging relevant initiatives, undertaken at the international,
regional and subregional levels between States, including those of the United Nations,
and the role played by non-governmental organizations and civil society, to enhance
cooperation and improve information exchange and transparency in the field of trade
in goods used for (a) capital punishment, (b) torture or other cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment,


19-11082 (E)

Resolution 217 A (III).
See resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.
United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1642, No. 14668.
Ibid., vol. 1465, No. 24841.
Ibid., vol. 2375, No. 24841.



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