Today (27 October), Scottish Labour MEP David Martin, along with his Labour colleagues will vote to strengthen this trade legislation to further ensure the EU is not complicit in torture, and to strengthen its commitment to stand against the death penalty and torture worldwide.
The stronger legislation will make it easier for authorities to block the export of goods which may be used for torture, and will bolster the ban on exporting drugs for use in lethal injections.
As Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on the Anti-Torture Regulation, David Martin strongly supports these measures to widen the ban to include the marketing of prohibited goods in expos or via online catalogues, and also their finance, insurance and transit via the EU. Because of fast changing circumstances in the use of products and technology the need to react quickly will be addressed by an ‘urgency procedure’ to rapidly update the list of banned goods or controlled items.
Speaking today before the vote Mr Martin stressed: "There is simply no place for torture or the death penalty in the 21st century. EU trade policy is a powerful global tool in eradicating them. The protection of human rights is a fundamental EU value which must be at the heart of our trade policy.
"This updating of the legislation confirms no manufacturer, service supplier or broker in the European Union can profit from torture. We stand strongly behind the ban on EU pharmaceutical companies exporting any drugs for use in lethal injection.
"The EU is an instrument to safeguard and promote fundamental human rights such as rejecting torture and the death penalty. This important legislation puts this principle into action in proposing to ban trade in any goods or products that could be used for such violation of human rights.
"Labour MEPs fully support this attempt to make trade fairer, and contribute to making the European Union more than a mere market."