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On the United Nations' International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, commemorated on June 26, the best way to honor victims and survivors is to take real action to end -- or, at least, impede -- the practice globally.Experience shows that banning trade in tools of torture works.As long as most countries do not limit trade in instruments of torture, there will always be ways to avoid those that do.In a joint communique, members agreed to work to create a U.N. instrument, such as a binding convention, to end trade in the tools of torture.Achieving similar success on trade in the tools of torture will require support from more governments around the world.The EU, which has been in the vanguard of this process from the start, is committed to upholding its leadership role, and it will continue to work with countries everywhere to secure binding rules on trade in tools of torture. Of course, rules barring trade in the tools of torture would not end the practice.
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