What we do
Over the past 35 years, the APT has developed a unique global overview and expertise in all aspects of the prevention of torture. We support governments, justice systems, human rights institutions and civil society to take effective actions to prevent torture and other ill-treatment.
The APT has been the driving force behind the drafting, adoption and implementation of international and regional legal instruments to prevent torture, including the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture in Africa.
We continue to advocate for ratification of the OPCAT and for effective torture prevention bodies. At the national level we help States with domestication of the Convention against Torture and with the development of legal safeguards which will help prevent torture and other ill-treatment.
Through direct contacts, open dialogue and close partnerships with local actors, we provide:
- legal advice for torture prevention bodies and for legislators;
- training and capacity strengthening;
- research and analysis on causes of torture and ill-treatment;
- exchanges between torture prevention actors; and
- practical tools and resources in many languages.
Jean-Sébastien Blanc, detention monitoring adviser at the APT, talks about his work in this short film produced by Radio Télévision Suisse in 2012.