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Torture prevention in the law

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 prevent torture and ill-treatment from happening.

APT works to support an effective legal framework to prevent torture, consisting of international and regional treaties and standards, as well as national laws and standards.

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Legal Adviser
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