The Asia Pacific region has some unique challenges when it comes to torture prevention. The region is made up of 50 countries, some with densely populated urban centers and others made up of strings of isolated islands. Only a handful of these countries share a common language, yet each have a rich and diverse culture and way of life.

It is the region with the lowest ratification numbers the UN Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT) in the world. However, momentum for torture prevention is growing and several States have expressed an interest in joining the torture prevention system.

The APT has been working actively in the Asia Pacific region since 2004, with bilateral programmes focusing on Indonesia, the Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand. Our partners include State authorities, national institutions and civil society at a local, national and regional level.

Examples of recent activities:

  • Training Nepalese judges on their role in preventing torture
  • Facilitating Thai civil society’s efforts in preparing an alternative report to the Committee against Torture
  • Assisting stakeholders in the Philippines to develop their own model for a National Preventive Mechanism under the OPCAT by facilitating exchange of experiences from staff of functioning NPMs elsewhere in the world.

Read more about our projects with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF):