Today in New York, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie participated in an event held by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, within the framework of the launch of the “Global Alliance to end trade in tools of torture, capital punishment and any other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” a joint initiative of Argentina, the European Union and Mongolia. The event was also attended by the Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations, Ambassador Sukhbold Sukhee.
Faurie arrived in New York today to participate, along with the Argentine delegation headed by Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti, in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to be held this week at the UN Headquarters.
“We are very proud to be part of this initiative, honouring our long-established tradition of promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said the Argentine Foreign Minister this afternoon during the first activity on the full agenda he will carry out throughout the following days in New York. “The Alliance will undoubtedly contribute to raising awareness on the need to take measures to abolish capital punishment,” he added.
By joining this new Alliance for Torture-Free Trade, governments will undertake to establish national bans on exports of tools for torture or death penalty, increasing the powers of customs authorities to implement the bans.
Faurie stated that “immediate and concrete measures are needed. This Global Alliance is the first step.”
The formal launch of this initiative will take place tomorrow afternoon in one of the Rooms of the emblematic building of the United Nations, and will be attended by representatives of Brazil, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Malta, Costa Rica, Haiti, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Ukraine, Albania, Norway, Paraguay, Serbia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Panama, the Netherlands, France and Mexico, among others.
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