Advancing a Culture of Torture Prevention in Southeast Asia

Experiences from Indonesia and the Philippines: Chapters from the research, "Does Torture Prevention Work?"

The overall results of the research are useful for the South East Asian region. Measures that break the secrecy surrounding detention and ensure contacts of the detainees with the ouside world have the highest impact on the reduction of risks of torture, in particular:

  • Prohibition of secret and incommunicado detention;
  • Notification of family immediately after arrest;
  • Immediate accesss to a lawyer from the early hours of police custody; and
  • Independent external oversight of places of detention.

The publication of the research chapters on Indonesia and The Philippines is a first step to disseminating the research findings in the region, with the hope that they will inspire everyone, from authorities to civil society, to continue their fight and efforts to prevent torture.