• Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

    <p> Route des Morillons 5, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland


    The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded by a Swiss banker and lawyer, Jean-Jacques Gautier, in 1977. <p> Its primary objective is to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment throughout the world. To achieve this the APT: <p> 1. Promotes monitoring of places of detention and other control mechanisms that can prevent torture and ill-treatment. <p> 2. Encourages the adoption and respect of legal norms and standards that prohibit torture and combat impunity. <p> 3. Strengthens the capacities of persons seeking to prevent torture, especially national actors. This is done through training (e.g. of police, NGOs, national institutions, judges, prosecutors etc) as well as providing practical guides and relevant legal advice in a variety of languages. <p> In order to be able to work with State authorities that want to prevent torture, the APT does not publicly condemn particular States for cases of torture and ill-treatment. <p> The APT operates as a source of ideas and expertise for a broad variety of partners in torture prevention, ranging from Governments to NGOs, UN bodies, Regional bodies (e.g. African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, Inter-American Commission, OSCE and Council of Europe), national human rights institutions, prison authorities and police services.