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"Does torture prevention work?"

What interventions contribute to reducing the risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment? Or, to put it more simply and crudely: “Does torture prevention work?”

This is the overall research question which will guide Professor Richard Carver and his team during a three-year research project. The project kick-started on 1 April 2012 and will last for three years. It will include both desk review and in-depth field research with national partners in up to 12 different countries, deemed to have witnessed a reduction in torture prevalence.

Expected results

The project aims to identify the key factors leading to a reduction in the risk of torture and other ill-treatment in a substantial number of different countries. In-depth research into the effects of various torture prevention activities will give greater insight into the impact of these activities. The research findings will then be used to develop effective evaluation tools for future use by, among other, National Preventive Mechanisms.

The research project is commissioned and supported by the APT but is conducted independently of the organisation.

Law Professor and human rights expert Richard Carver, from Oxford Brookes University in the UK, was the lead researcher behind the acclaimed study on Assessing the effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), published by the International Council on Human Rights Policy.

Richard Carver


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