Home » Association for the Prevention of Torture

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)


The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) envisions a world in which no one is subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The APT seeks to achieve this vision through a preventive and cooperative approach. The APT works globally, regionally and nationally with a wide range of partners including State authorities, national institutions and civil society.

The APT is convinced that the prevention of torture and ill-treatment is best achieved through three integrated elements:

  • Promoting effective monitoring and transparency in places of deprivation of liberty
  • Contributing to effective international and national legal and policy frameworks for the prevention of torture
  • Ensuring that international and national actors have the necessary determination and capacity to prevent torture.

In its work and functioning, the APT endeavours to apply the principles of a human rights based approach, in particular the universality and indivisibility of all human rights, empowerment, accountability, participation, non-discrimination, gender sensitivity and protection of vulnerable groups.

For more information, please contact Matthew Pringle.