What we do

Over the past 40 years, the APT has developed a unique global overview and expertise in all aspects of the prevention of torture. We support governments, justice systems, National Preventive Mechanisms, human rights institutions and civil society to take effective actions to prevent torture and other ill-treatment.

Our mission


Mobilise: Through its constructive approach,  the APT mobilises States and civil society in favour of prevention through the following actions:

  • Inspire innovative solutions to prevent ill-treatment;
  • Inform that the risk exists everywhere, and that prevention works;
  • Persuade that it is necessary to commit to prevention.


Accompany: The APT accompanies its partners on the ground by carrying out the following actions:

  • Adapt its actions to the realities of each country;
  • Advise and offer technical and legal expertise tailored to your needs;
  • Equip and train thanks to its know-how and reference guides.


Protect: The APT helps protect the rights of all persons deprived of their liberty by:

  • Making visible: the protection needs of all people locked up , in particular those in a situation of vulnerability;
  • Gather: all stakeholders around the table to facilitate dialogue and the search for solutions;
  • Improve the law and detention practices.