Partners in prevention

Monitoring and transparency in places of detention and a strong legal and policy framework to prevent torture need to be complemented by the creation of a culture of prevention, where relevant actors have the knowledge, capacity and the will to prevent torture and other ill-treatment.

The APT promotes a culture of prevention through awareness raising, training, technical advice and by making publications and tools widely available in as many languages as possible.

Preventing torture requires the active involvement of many actors. The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture establishes a tri-partite relation between national preventive mechanisms, governments of State parties and the international Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture. This new formula inspires and encourages further collaboration with other actors such as the judiciary, parliamentarians, the media etc.

This section gives an overview of the key actors, who together can create a culture of prevention at the national level.