International Coalition to End Torture
Raising Human Rights Awareness Around the World

Our Work


With a view to improving international prevention, the International Coalition   to End Torture provides training on visiting places  of detention; gives advice on the establishment and functioning of  international prevention mechanisms; and advocates for legislative reform,   ratification and implementation of relevant international treaties.   The  End Torture works in cooperation with a relatively broad variety of partners,  who share its objectives, such as state authorities, police services,  the judiciary, international human rights institutions, international  organisations and NGOs.

Develop legal instruments

The  End Torture assists in the drafting and implementation of international and  regional legal instruments to prevent torture. These include the UN  Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol (OPCAT); the  European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and the Robben Island  Guidelines for the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture in Africa.

Advocate  for preventive mechanisms

The End Torture advocates and lobbies  governments, national institutions, parliamentarians, NGOs, regional  bodies and the United Nations to establish and maintain effective  torture prevention mechanisms. The End Torture leads the campaign to ratify and  implement the OPCAT which establishes the first global system of  detention monitoring.

Strengthen capacities

The  End Torture works with key national, regional and international actors to  strengthen their capacity to prevent torture. Specifically, the End Torture  advises states on how to establish and maintain independent visiting  bodies, trains national institutions and NGOs on monitoring places of  detention, trains the police and judiciary on legal norms and safeguards  against torture, and provides advice on legislative reforms to better  prevent torture at national level.

Produce practical  tools

The End Torture develops and disseminates practical tools to  prevent torture. These include a guide on monitoring places of  detention, a manual on the provisions of the OPCAT, a training DVD on  the UN treaty bodies, a toolkit to develop national preventive  mechanisms and training course materials.