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OPCAT: What we do

The APT is at the origin of the OPCAT. In 1977, Jean-Jacques Gautier founded the organisation to promote an international treaty which would establish a system of visits to places of detention. This idea  became a reality in the adoption of the OPCAT in 2002.

In the past, APT actively advocated for the OPCAT, participated in the negotiations, campaigned for its adoption and entry into force.

Today we work for the effective implementation of the treaty. We focus on:


We work with all national actors, such as authorities, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organisations and regional and UN bodies. We provide support in the following areas:

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