Association for the Prevention of Torture Center for Justice and International Law The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an independent non-governmental organisation based in Geneva. It was founded by the Swiss banker and lawyer, Jean-Jacques Gautier, in 1977. The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is a non-governmental, non-profit human rights organization with consultative status before the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN), and observer status before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The APT envisions a world in which no one is subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as promised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The APT focuses on the prevention of torture, rather than denunciations of individual cases or the rehabilitation of victims. This strategic focus on preven­t ion enables the APT to collaborate with state authorities, police services, the judiciary, national institutions, academics and NGOs that are committed to insti­tutional reform and changing practices. To prevent torture, the APT focuses on three integrated objectives: 1. Transparency in institutions To promote outside scrutiny and accountability of institutions where people 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 preven­t ion of torture and other ill-treatment are universally promoted, respected and implemented. 3. Capacity strengthening To strengthen the capacity of national and international actors concerned with persons deprived of their liberty by increasing their knowledge and commitment to prevention practices. Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) 10, Route de Ferney, P.O. Box 2267 1211 Geneva 2 – Switzerland Tel: +41 22 919 21 70 – Fax: +41 22 919 21 80 E-mail: – Website: CEJIL’s mission is to advocate for the full implementation of international human rights norms in the Member States of the OAS, through the use of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights (IAS). CEJIL works towards its mission and objectives through 1) the litigation of paradigmatic cases as well as monitoring their outcome; 2) training human rights defenders and govern­ ment officials on the use of the IAS and international human rights standards; and 3) a comprehensive strategy to advocate before the OAS, IAS and Member States for increased transparency, dialogue and effectiveness of human rights protection. CEJIL takes a victim-centered approach, working in partnership with human rights defenders and organizations to contribute to social justice. Founded in 1991 by a group of prominent human rights defenders in the Americas. CEJIL currently has offices in Washington D.C., USA; San Jose, Costa Rica; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2006–2007, CEJIL held activities in 23 countries. Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) 1630 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 401, Washington D.C. 20009 – 1053, U.S.A. Tel. + 1 202 319 3000 – Fax +1 202 319 3019 –

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