The APT is recognised by the Swiss authorities as a non-profit association. Our international Board is elected by members of the association at the annual General Assembly.

APT’s international secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2010 we opened our first Regional Office for Latin America, in Panama. Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in all areas related to the prevention of torture.

APT's Board meets twice a year to define the strategic orientation of the organisation, review progress and approve the budget for the coming year. Board members also provide guidance and contribute their expertise by participating in activities organised by the secretariat.

The Bureau (President, Treasurer, Secretary General and two other Board members) meets regularly to supervise the work of the secretariat.

The APT has consultative status with:

  • The United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • The Organisation of American States
  • The Council of Europe
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
  • l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie


We are also a member of the following networks: