Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Sadly, torture remains rife in many countries. And more than sixty years after torture was outlawed internationally, gruesome torture equipment is still being openly marketed and traded around the world. At glitzy arms and security fairs, governments can browse stalls selling equipment whose sole purpose is to cause pain and fear. An export ban in the EU has made this trade more difficult in recent years, but there is still no international agreement to ban tools of torture. This week, governments at the UN General Assembly will vote on passing a resolution aimed at ending the torture trade for good. We are urging states to adopt this resolution, which is long overdue, and tighten up the loose regulations which have let the torture trade thrive. Here are five tools of torture which need to be banned immediately – and what we know about who’s using them. Stun belts deliver high voltage shocks, via electrodes placed near the prisoner’s kidneys, causing severe pain. They are worn, sometimes for many hours at a time, with the constant threat that they will be activated by remote control. Other physical effects can in...