A report released yesterday from Amnesty International finds that there is a growing number of Chinese companies involved in the manufacture and trade of “tools of torture” to nations with poor human rights records.
Amnesty discovered 130 of these companies, way up from just 28 a decade ago. The “tools of torture” could more politely be called police weapons and include instruments like electric shock batons, electric stun guns, and spiked metal batons. China is the only country known to produce spiked batons.
The products are sold to nations like Nepal, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, and Madagascar; and the problem then becomes how police in these states use their new toys.
The report said:
While some of the exports are no doubt used in legitimate law enforcement operations, China has also exported equipment that has inhumane effects, or poses a substantial risk of fueling human rights violations by foreign law enforcement agencies
Meanwhile, 74 percent of Chinese are just fine with all this.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Amnesty International]