The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an independent non-governmental
organisation based in Geneva, working globally to prevent torture and other ill-treatment.
The APT was founded in 1977 by the Swiss banker and lawyer Jean-Jacques Gautier.
Since then the APT has become a leading organisation in its field. Its expertise and
advice is sought by international organisations, governments, human rights institutions
and other actors. The APT has played a key role in establishing international and regional
standards and mechanisms to prevent torture, among them the Optional Protocol to the
UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT).
The APT’s vision is a torture free world where the rights and dignity of all persons deprived
of liberty are respected.
Association for the Prevention of Torture - APT
P.O. Box 137
1211 Geneva 19
Tel: +41 22 919 2170
The Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) was launched in March 2014 by the
Governments of Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco. Its aim is to secure the
universal ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Torture by 2024
through constructive engagement and sharing experiences between States.
For more information on the CTI, including how to join the CTI Group of Friends, visit
Convention against Torture Initiative - CTI
Route de Ferney 10
1202 Geneva
© 2016, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and Convention against Torture
Initiative (CTI). All rights reserved. Materials contained in this publication may be freely
quoted or reprinted, provided credit is given to the source. Requests for permission to
reproduce or translate the publication should be addressed to the APT and CTI.
Translations of this guide are available in French and Portuguese.
ISBN: 978-2-940337-94-1


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