france24.com The number of Chinese companies exporting “tools of torture” has surged over the past decade, Amnesty International said Tuesday, with many devices falling into the hands of rights violators worldwide. More than 130 Chinese firms now produce electric shock stun batons, spiked batons, weighted leg cuffs and other “potentially dangerous law enforcement equipment”, up from 28 in 2003, the UK-based rights campaign group said in a report co-authored with Omega Research Foundation. One company—state-owned China Xinxing Import and Export Corporation, whose products include thumb cuffs, electric shock guns and restraint chairs—had more than $100 million in trade with African countries as of 2012, according to the report. Amnesty further reported that the company said in 2012 it had ties to more than 40 African countries. to read more: france24.com
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