Middle East and North Africa

Encouraged by signs of positive changes in the Middle East and North African region the APT established its MENA programme in 2007.

Regional priorities for the APT are ratification and implementation of the UN torture prevention treaty (OPCAT), support partners engaged in legal and policy reform and providing space for regional exchange. The objective is to create zones in which no one needs to fear torture or ill-treatment. In such zones:

  • Independent monitors can visit places of detention.
  • The rights of prisoners and other detainees are protected by law and practice.
  • Police, lawyers and judges are committed to torture prevention.


This film by Lebanese filmmaker Carol Mansour gives a voice to torture survivors and to activists struggling to prevent these horrible violations of human dignity. The film was produced by the APT in 2011.