Terra.com [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Buenos Aires Court upholds the decision to ban tasers from police use: even if other countries have approved their use, they should not be adopted due to UN recognition of them as a means of torture and potentially lethal. (Article translated approximately from Spanish – see original in Spanish below […]
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :]] (This is an edited google-translation; the original Dutch text is below, in italics.) Dutch police officers will receive tasers next year. The police are trialing stun guns. Internationally, there is a lot of criticism, but Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice says these arguments “not valid enough a reason” not […]
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS :(This is an edited google-translation; the original Dutch text is below, in italics.) Security Minister Opstelten wants a trial with tasers in general police practise. “The health-dangers of tasers are substantial. Especially people with heart problems are at high risk. Police have adequate resources such as batons, firearms, pepper spray and handcuffs,” […]
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Submission to the UN Committee against Torture on taser police in the Netherlands. Dutch police arrest teams have steadily been equipped with taser weapons since May 2009. In September 2012, the Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten announced plans to introduce taser weapons for the entire Dutch police force, including all regular […]
[[GlobalShock: Appeal by a San Francisco coalition of black leaders and community activists to protest police call to bring tasers back into use, after the SF Police Commission voted 3-2 to ban them in 2010]] Pack the Police Commission hearing on Tasers: this Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., in Room 400, City Hall KPFA […]
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following the death of a Malian in the Paris suburb of Colombes on November 2011, the controversy over the lethality of the taser resurfaces. Amnesty International calls for an impartial investigation of the weapon. The Committee Against Torture reported to the Council of Europe on the dangers of the taser being uised […]
Argentine judge rules tasers are too close a reminder of torture under the regime of the generals. This effectively stops Buenos Aires police from obtaining tasers.
The Committee against Torture this morning heard the response of Switzerland to questions raised by Committee Experts on the sixth periodic report of that country on how it is implementing the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Responding to a series of questions raised by the […]
Victoria Nwosu-Hope, Pain has long been the power structure’s compliance method of choice, whether it was the heretic’s fork or the rack of Europe, or the dogs and electric cattle prods of the Jim Crow South. More recently, police forces around the world have turned to the taser gun: a weapon which delivers 50,000 volt […]
The United Nations Committee Against Torture says it is “deeply concerned” about New Zealand police adopting the Taser stun gun, as it releases a growing list of worries about this country’s justice system. The committee has released its fifth report on New Zealand, which covers the period 2003 to 2007. While it approved some moves […]
New Zealand’s representative to the UN in Geneva follows “ international best practices”. “A democratic process had occurred and continued to occur in respect to the introduction and future use of Tasers; key community stakeholders had been engaged throughout this process.”
The Maori Party says giving police Tasers will arm them with “tools of torture”, even though its MPs must vote for the Budget to fund them. Police Minister Judith Collins said yesterday that $10 million would be set aside in Thursday’s Budget to provide all police districts with the 50,000-volt stun guns in the next three years.
French version of paragraph 16 of New Zealand report at the Un Committee Against Torture in April-May 2009. Committee deeply concerned.
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The United Nations Committee Against Torture says it is “deeply concerned” about New Zealand police adopting the Taser stun gun, as it releases a growing list of worries about this country’s justice system, mainly used on Maori and youth. The United Nations Committee Against Torture says it is “deeply concerned” about […]
Times of Malta, Christian Peregin … Police Sergeant Frans Schembri: “I’ve heard dangerous criminals saying they had been shot, stabbed and beaten up, but would do anything not to be ‘tasered’”. Taser guns, designed to incapacitate people without injuring them by sending electric shockwaves through their bodies, will soon offer Maltese policemen a safer way […]
Thursday, 9 October, 2008 No pain, no gain?? Steve Tuttle, Director of Communications, Taser International: “It doesn’t hurt … Don’t get me wrong, it’s uncomfortable. It kind of feels like hitting your funny bone 18 times per second throughout your whole body.” Tom Smith, Chairman and CEO, Taser International: likened the jolt of electricity to […]
08-10-28-The Connexion … A FIRM that imports and distributes Taser stun guns in France has lost the first in a series of high court battles over claims that the supposedly safe police weapon can be lethal. SMP Technologies sought damages from a human rights group, RAID-H, after it published material arguing against the pistol’s use, […]
New Zealand Herald … * Barry Wilson is president and Ian McIntosh an executive member of the Auckland Council for Civil Liberties. Both are barristers. The Taser stun gun is a dangerous weapon that can maim or kill. In Canada and the United States, Amnesty International reports, it has played a role in the deaths […]
[[GlobalShock: Note: This post is in Estonian, translated via Google translator with some revision. Apologies for the awkward English … The original Estonian text appears below the English … Estonian Parliament voting on whether to introduce tasers, presented as a “safer” alternative to firearms.]] Eesti Päevalehe, Holger Roonemaa … If the parliament adopts legislation pending […]
AFP … Taser seller sues Amnesty The French reseller of Taser stun guns, dogged by scandals over Taser-linked deaths in Canada and the United States, has taken Amnesty International to court for harming its reputation. In May last year, the French branch of Amnesty issued a statement claiming that a Taser gun had been put […]