Stop the trade and use of tools of torture

by Omega Research Foundation Limited
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Stop the trade and use of tools of torture
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Stop the trade and use of tools of torture
Stop the trade and use of tools of torture

Last year we were delighted to raise over £4,000 towards the development of our online data platform through our involvement in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator programme.


This platform will help us to share our information about the trade and use of weapons and equipment used to commit acts of violence, including rubber bullets, restraints like handcuffs, electric shock weapons, and tear gas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, activists will be able to more effectively lobby to control the trade and use of tools of torture, and legal professionals could better evaluate the legality of use of force incidents. Omega staff also use the database to help journalists and human rights defenders more easily identify equipment used in torture, where it came from, and risks associated. 


Over the past few months, Omega staff and volunteers have been working hard to collate and prepare data from our archive ready to be shared via the platform. This archive includes:

  • information on thousands of companies and products,
  • several thousand images,
  • hundreds of case studies of the abusive use of equipment, and
  • data on arms fairs and exhibitors from the 1980s to the present day.

 Discussions have also continued with our developers about the design of the platform and the best approach to making the data as accessible as possible.

Omega staff continue to research the manufacture, trade and use of law enforcement and security equipment and are continuing to update our database with the latest information.

Here are some recent examples of how the information in our database has been used in our research:


Once the data platform has been launched, the information used by Omega to complete this work will be freely available to others, including journalists, academics, activists and human rights defenders.


Please see the GlobalGiving website, Omega’s own website, or get in touch with us (at info@omegaresearchfoundation.org) to learn more about our plans for the platform. Through short reports, we will continue to share details of our progress.

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We are thrilled to have raised £4,322.67 so far through our recent involvement with GlobalGiving, and this has been used to fund vital support for the ongoing development of Omega’s online platform. 

This platform will help us to share our information about the trade and use of weapons and equipment used to commit acts of violence, including rubber bullets, restraints like handcuffs, electric shock weapons, and tear gas.

We are pleased to report that last month we completed work to upgrade Omega’s internal database! This upgrade has allowed us to bring all of our data together in one place, and will make it much easier to share with others in future. The upgrade has also made it easier for Omega staff to identify weapons and equipment, research companies, and seek justice for victims of human rights violations. 

Omega staff are continuing to add and update the information in the database. Over the coming months, we will be working with our developers to explore the best approach to using this online platform to more directly share this data with a wider audience.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, activists will be able to more effectively lobby to control the trade and use of tools of torture, and legal professionals could better evaluate the legality of use of force incidents. Omega staff also use the database to help journalists and human rights defenders more easily identify equipment used in torture, where it came from, and risks associated. 

Here are some examples of Omega’s identification work:

  • On Myanmar, with colleagues at the International Peace Information Service
  • On the use of less lethal weapons in the United States (this example is specific to Alabama)
  • On weapons and equipment used in Sudan, including a particular focus on Brazilian weapons in Sudan

For more examples, just get in touch. Once the database is finalised and launched, this identification process will be faster, smoother, more efficient, and more accessible to those working to defend and uphold human rights.

Please see the GlobalGiving website, Omega’s own website, or get in touch with us (at info@omegaresearchfoundation.org), to learn more about the platform. Through short reports, we will continue to share details of our progress with further developing Omega’s online platform. If you would like to unsubscribe at any time, please contact GlobalGiving directly

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Omega Research Foundation Limited

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester - United Kingdom
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