The CPTA promotes and facilitates the implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines in all member states of the African Union. It has adopted four over-arching strategic areas of intervention:
- Raising public awareness on the RIG and the prohibition and prevention of torture
- Advocating for the effective implementation of the RIG at national level
- Strengthening capacities of relevant actors for the effective implementation of the provisions of RIG
- Providing advice and making recommendations to African States and other relevant actors on the effective prohibition and prevention of torture as well as on responding to the needs of victims
Members of the CPTA are appointed by the African Commission for a two years renewable term and include representatives from the African Commission, the APT and other prominent African experts. The CPTA is headed by a Chairperson, usually a Commissioner of the African Commission, and a Vice Chairperson. The APT has been given a prominent role through the designation of the APT Africa Programme Officer as Vice-Chairperson. Secretariat services as well as funding for the CPTA are provided by the African Commission.