Archive for the 'United Nations (general)' Category

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – RVIPF (British Virgin Island Police Force) roll out TASER/Pepper Spray (2014-05-08)

Posted on May 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This week, the British Virgin Island police are to be issued with tasers (tasercams, with cameras on the weapon), as less-than-lethal options for subduing or restraining violent, combative and aggressive persons. Ten office ers have been trained to use them. The police chief says this rollout is in compliance with “The U.N. […]

Globalshock: The TASER Monopoly (draft: 2011-05-11)

Posted on May 12 2011 by admin

TASER Inc. is the monopolistic manufacturer of a product in high demand. We examine here two elements: the nature of its monopoly and how this affects pricing. By pkb for GlobalShock: Note this is a first draft 2011-05. TASER International has the monopoly of the supply of stun-gen technology to North American police forces. As […]

NEW ZEALAND – Full UN report on children’s rights in NZ [1/2 paragraphs on tasers] (2011-01-21)

Posted on January 21 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:  The New Zealand government’s official detailed response on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 52-page report, with just 4 short  paragraphs on tasers, printed here. “Tasers had not been used on young people but would be used in extreme, life-threatening situations.”]] The Committee on the Rights of […]

ARGENTINA – Le TASER, instrument de torture pour la justice argentine (The taser is an instrument of torture for the Argentine justice department)– 2010-07-14

Posted on July 14 2010 by admin

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.

NEW ZEALAND – United Nations to quiz New Zealand on stun guns (2010-03-12)

Posted on March 12 2010 by admin

New Zealand’s Justice Minister is heading to New York – and the United Nations Human Rights Committee – to defend his country’s use of Taser stun-guns by police.

SPAIN – UN Committee Against Torture reviews report of Spain (2009-11-13)

Posted on November 18 2009 by admin

In brief: Potentially worrying questions about potential taser use in Spain, particularly against asylum-seekers

BRAZIL – Novo modelo de armas não-letais será apresentado no Fórum Social Mundial (A New model of non-lethal weapons – tasers – will be presented at the World Social Forum) (2009-01-24)

Posted on January 24 2009 by admin

[[GlobalShock: Important note: this article was published in Portuguese, We have translated it using Google Translator, followed by a revision of the English text. We apologize for the quality of the translation. [[Some terms (eg. the taser “firing“) may be inappropriate translations. But the tenor of this article suggests the Justice Ministry spokesperson is distributing […]

USA – Amnesty International: “Less than lethal? The use of stun weapons in US Law Enforcement” (2008-12)

Posted on December 31 2008 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is the much-cited Amnesty International 2008 132-page report (pdf) on US stun gun use. Here we present the introduction and overview. The full report, along with other Amnesty reports (on Canada and the USA)  rapidly became the cornerstone of the counterbalance to the TASER Inc. discourse on the effects of Taser […]

MACEDONIA – Justice minister reports no taser use by Macedonian police (2008-05-08)

Posted on May 5 2008 by admin

UN COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE HEARS RESPONSE OF THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA 8 May 2008 In brief: Minister of Justice says tasers not used by Macedonian police Excerpts … Other Committee Experts asked questions and made comments on whether Taser guns were used by the police. Responding to additional questions raised, the delegation of […]

ANALYSES – TASER Inc. press release-UN Committee Against Torture is Out of Touch With Law Enforcement Worldwide (2007-11-28)

Posted on November 28 2007 by admin SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 28, 2007 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a market leader in advanced electronic control devices (ECDs), issued the following statement: The recent one-line statement on the TASER(r) X26 by the UN Committee Against Torture in a broad review of the arrest and detention procedures of Portugal is out of […]

FRANCE – Taser man stunned … 50 times (2007-11-24)

Posted on November 24 2007 by admin

Introduction to Taser France and its loquacious bosse, Antoine di Zazzo

FRANCE-Taser – “une forme de torture” qui “peut provoquer la mort” (Taser – torture that can cause death) (2007-11-23)

Posted on November 23 2007 by admin

Summary : The UN Committee Against Torture says recent Portuguese taser X26 order is providing police with an « instrument of torture »Summary : The UN Committee Against Torture says recent Portuguese taser X26 order is providing police with an « instrument of torture »

SWITZERLAND – Swiss discuss use of “torture” weapon (2007-11-26)

Posted on November 11 2007 by admin

FRANCE – L’ONU estime que l’utilisation du Taser X-26 est “une forme de torture”) (UN considers the Taser x26 a “form of torture” (2007-11-23)

Posted on November 11 2007 by admin

Article from left-centre Le Monde on the UN Committee Against Torture’s labelling of the taser as a “torture weapon”.

SWITZERLAND – Amnesty flags up asylum abuses (2006-01-19)

Posted on January 19 2006 by admin

Swissinfo, Adam Beaumont Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations’ Committee against Torture (CAT) to give Switzerland a rough ride when it presents its latest report this week. The Swiss branch of the human-rights organisation says it is particularly concerned about the toughening of the asylum law and police use of electroshock weapons during […]