Africa

An increasing number of African countries have taken steps to combat and prevent torture and ill-treatment, including by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Our priority is therefore to support States parties to the OPCAT to designate and set up effective National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). In close cooperation with our national partners, we provide technical advice, facilitate exchanges and train detention monitors and others.

“There is real progress in the fight against torture in Senegal [...] The problem is not eradicated, but we can see the impact of awareness raising activities.”

Diène Ndiaye, Président of Amnesty International, Senegal

The APT was given an observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in 1995. Through our work in the region we have, among other things, contributed to the adoption of the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture in Africa by the African Commission in 2002, and the establishment of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA). Our Africa programme officer, Jean-Baptiste Niyizurugero, is the vice-chair of the CPTA.

Examples of our work in the Africa region:

NHRIs in the region: A 3-year project to develop the torture prevention capacity of National Human Rights Institutions, in cooperation with NANHRI
 
Rwanda: Supporting the designation and establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism.

Senegal: Long-term engagement to strengthen the monitoring capacity of the NPM, the National Observer of Places of Deprivation of Liberty.