Legal framework for the prevention of torture
Torture can never be accepted. There are no exceptional circumstances – no war or threat or public emergency – that can ever justify the use of torture. Torture is absolutely prohibited by international law.
The absolute prohibition is included in a number of international and regional treaties, and is considered as binding ALL States as a customary norm.
States not only have an obligation to respect this absolute prohibition, they also have an obligation to take concrete measures to prevent torture and ill-treatment from happening.
APT works to strengthen and implement the prohibition and prevention of torture, by ensuring the existence of an effective legal framework that is implemented in practice. This legal framework consists of international and regional treaties and standards, as well as national laws and standards.