The APT was founded on the idea that regular and unannounced visits to places of detention is one of the most effective ways to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment of detainees, upholding human dignity.
Places of detention are by definition closed and keep those detained out of the sight of the society. Visiting places of detention is a unique means to observe – to see, smell and hear – the realities of detention and to access first hand information on the treatment of detainees, their conditions and functioning of the places of detention.
Conducting visits to places of detention therefore contributes to open up the closed world of custody and to increase transparency and accountability. This not only reduces risks of torture and other ill-treatment but also contributes to increasing public confidence in the institutions.
What we do
The APT provides training and expertise on visiting methodology, develops practical tools and facilitates experience-sharing.