Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

The APT specialises in torture prevention, rather than in denunciation of individual cases. This approach enables collaboration with state authorities, police services, the judiciary, national institutions, academics and NGOs that are committed to institutional reform and changing practices. The APT undertakes the following activities:

1. Develop legal instruments - The APT assists in the drafting and implementation of international and regional legal instruments to prevent torture. These include the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT); the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture in Africa.

2. Advocate for preventive mechanisms - The APT advocates and lobbies governments, national institutions, parliamentarians, NGOs, regional bodies and the United Nations to establish and maintain effective torture prevention mechanisms. The APT leads the campaign to ratify and implement the OPCAT, which establishes the first global system of detention monitoring.

3. Strengthen capacities - The APT works with key national, regional and international actors to strengthen their capacity to prevent torture. Specifically, the APT advises states on how to establish and maintain independent visiting bodies, trains national institutions and NGOs on monitoring places of detention, trains the police and judiciary on legal norms and safeguards against torture, and provides advice on legislative reforms to better prevent torture at national level.

4. Produce practical tools - The APT develops and disseminates practical tools to prevent torture. These include a guide on monitoring places of detention, a manual on the provisions of the OPCAT, a training DVD on the UN treaty bodies, a toolkit to develop national preventive mechanisms and training course materials.

The APT is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which envisions a world in which no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. To prevent torture, the APT focuses on three integrated objectives:

1. Transparency in institutions - To promote regular scrutiny and accountability of institutions where persons are deprived of their liberty, through independent visiting and other monitoring mechanisms.
2. Effective legal frameworks - To ensure that international, regional and national legal norms for the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment are universally respected and implemented.
3. Capacity strengthening - To train national and international actors who work with persons deprived of their liberty by increasing their knowledge of, and commitment to, prevention practices.

  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Angola
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
      • Chad
      • Congo, Republic of the (Brazzaville)
    • Eastern Africa
      • Madagascar
      • Mauritius
      • Uganda
      • Mozambique
      • Kenya
      • Burundi
      • Rwanda
      • Ethiopia
      • Eritrea
      • Zambia
    • Northern Africa
      • Egypt
      • Morocco
      • Western Sahara
      • Algeria
      • Sudan
    • Southern Africa
      • South Africa
      • Swaziland
    • Western Africa
      • Benin
      • Gambia
      • Ghana
      • Senegal
      • Togo
      • Mauritania
      • Niger
      • Sierra Leone
      • Guinea-Bissau
  • Europe
    • Northern Europe
      • Estonia
      • Latvia
      • Lithuania
      • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      • Denmark
    • Southern Europe
      • Montenegro
      • Spain
      • Albania
      • Bosnia and Herzegovina
      • Croatia
      • Serbia
      • (The former Yugoslav) Republic of Macedonia
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
      • Kazakhstan
      • Kyrgyzstan
      • Tajikistan
    • South Asia
      • Maldives
      • Nepal
      • Afghanistan
      • Sri Lanka
    • South East Asia
      • Cambodia
      • Indonesia
      • Philippines
      • Thailand
      • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
      • Brunei Darussalam
      • Viet Nam
    • Western Asia
      • Armenia
      • Bahrain
      • Georgia
      • Jordan
      • Lebanon
      • Turkey
      • Yemen
      • Azerbaijan
      • Iraq
      • Cyprus
  • Americas
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica
      • Honduras
      • Panama
      • Guatemala
      • Nicaragua
    • South America
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Chile
      • Paraguay
      • Uruguay
      • Colombia
      • Ecuador
      • Peru
Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
Route de Ferney 10 P.O. Box 2267
Geneva 2 CH-1211
Non-governmental organisation
Between 1 million to 50 million CHF per annum
Route de Ferney 10 P.O. Box 2267
Geneva 2 CH-1211

The APT operates through its offices in Geneva where activities are planned and then undertaken in all regions of the world. APT regional programme officers, legal advisers and experts in monitoring places of detention travel from Geneva to the field to conduct training workshops and expert seminars.

Mark Thomson
Secretary General
Vincent Ploton
Fundraising Officer


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNDP

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United Nations

The APT cooperates with ministries of foreign affairs, interior and justice.

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The APT cooperates with the police, prison authorities, parliamentarians and the judiciary.

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University of Bristol


The APT is an advisor to a multi year research project at the university of Bristol on the implementation of the OPCAT.

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The Coalition of International NGOs Against Torture (CINAT)


Coalition of International NGOs Against Torture (CINAT) works to make the worldwide movement against torture more effective. It brings together six international NGOs which are committed to ending and preventing torture, to bringing torturers to account, providing rehabilitation and obtaining justice and reparation for survivors of torture. CINAT’s member organisations work in different, yet complementary ways in the
struggle against torture. They provide services for the treatment and support of torture victims, campaigning to expose and put a stop to torture, lobbying at international level to ban its practices, and giving specialist advocacy for survivors who are seeking redress. They also provide human rights education and training for state officials and grass-roots NGOs. By working as a coalition, CINAT ensures that the campaign against
torture is backed by supporters of different organisations and reaches the widest possible audience. Information is shared and exchanged and tasks are distributed among voluntary organisations. CINAT includes organisations based on activist membership structures, ‘umbrella’ advisory and support bodies and networks of specialist professional agencies.