Association for the Prevention of Torture
The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an international non-governmental organization focused on the prevention of torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. The organization was founded in 1977 by Jean-Jacques Gautier under the name Swiss Committee against Torture.
APT believes that prevention of torture is best achieved through three integrated elements: effective monitoring; legal and policy frameworks; and ensuring determination and capability on the part of international and national actors.
- Develop legal instruments
APT offers legal advice and is involved in the drafting of legal instruments to prevent torture. APT has contributed to 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.
- Advocate for preventive mechanisms
APT engages in direct advocacy at several levels.
- Strengthen capacities
APT works with national, regional, and international partners to strengthen their capacity to prevent torture. APT advises on specific techniques for implementing monitoring, training in legal issues, and legislative reform.
- Produce practical tools
APT develops materials and publishes various resources.
Structure and Partnerships
The APT Board is elected annually by the APT General Assembly and is composed of 16 experts from 10 countries. The full Board meets twice a year to approve the strategic plan and budget for the coming year and to review activities from the previous period. Some members of the board are involved more frequently in supervising, advising, or participating in APT activities.
The APT has consultative status the following organizations:
- United Nations Economic and Social Council
- Organisation of American States
- Council of Europe
- African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
- Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
The APT is a member of:
- Swiss Coalition for the International Criminal Court
- The Coalition of International NGOs Against Torture (CINAT)
- The International Detention Coalition
APT has been recognized with the following awards:
- Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, 2004
- Prize of the Foundation for Geneva, 2004
- Chico Mendes Resistance Prize, 2007
- Association for the Prevention of Torture (official website)