Montenegro’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović, addressed the participants ofthe first meeting of the Global alliance for torture-free trade, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Its aim, to see that the international community will work together in putting a stop to the trade in goods used for capital punishment and torture.
“Montenegro provides unambiguous support to this initiative”, underlined Darmanović, “presenting activities carried out at the national level since the launch of the Alliance a year ago. In this regard, he pointed out that the legislative framework in this area is in line with the standards of the European Union, and that Montenegro continues to contribute to raising awareness of the importance of meeting the goals of the Global Alliance”, the official presidential webpage of the country reads.
According to the Alliance for Torture-Free Trade (launched on 18 September 2017) Joint Communique of September 24, 2018, the co-signatories “reiterate our firm commitment to the respect for the human rights of all human beings and reaffirm the Political Declaration adopted by members of the Alliance on 18th September 2017. We welcome the new States that have joined the Alliance for Torture-Free Trade at its first Ministerial Meeting in New York on 24 September 2018 and we encourage other countries to join.”
In addition, “recognize that the absence of common international standards on the import, export and transfer of goods used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a contributory factor to facilitate the availability of these goods and enable such practices.”
Their present goal is their commitment to advancing a draft resolution, to be adopted by the United Nations General Assembly during its seventy-third session (the ongoing one) in order to fight for their cause through joint actions and the establishment of common international standards for the import, export and transfer of goods used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Darmanović and the Montenegrin delegation were present at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, at the meeting on intensifying activities to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and also in the high-level meeting on the Global Compact for Refugees: A model for greater solidarity and cooperation…. / IBNA
Main Photo (File): Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srđan Darmanović