For a torture-free world
The Association for the Prevention of Torture was founded in 1977 by the Swiss banker and lawyer Jean-Jacques Gautier.
Gautier’s visionary idea of a system to prevent torture has had a profound impact on the fight against torture in the world. The APT has been at the origin of the main regional and international treaties on the prevention of torture, including the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture.
The APT focuses entirely on the prevention of torture. Our work is built on the insight that torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment happens behind closed doors, out of public view. We therefore promote transparency in all places of detention.
With 35 years of experience the APT has developed a unique global overview and expertise in all aspects of the prevention of torture. We work worldwide to support governments, justice systems, human rights institutions and civil society in the fight against torture. Through direct contacts, open dialogue and close partnerships with local actors we provide:
- Legal and practical advice for preventive bodies and legislators
- Training and capacity strengthening
- Research and analysis on causes of ill-treatment
- Exchanges between torture prevention actors
- Practical tools and resources on detention monitoring
Recipient of the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, 2004
Recipient of the Prize of the Foundation for Geneva, 2004
Recipient of the Chico Mendes Resistance Prize, 2007