International Conference on the Fair Treatment of Persons in Police Custody, Oranienburg/Berlin, Germany

October 16 - 17, 2018

The APT will be taking part in a conference on the "Fair treatment of persons in police custody" organised by the Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences. Director of Regional Programmes, Audrey Olivier Muralt will take part in the discussion on "National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM): experiences, success stories and problems," together with the Head of the Georgian NPM.

This event will bring together a variety of participants and distinguished speakers from academia, the police forces, other government authorities, international organisations and the human rights movement, among which APT Board Members, Krassimir Kanev and Walter Suntinger, as well as co-author of the 2016 APT-commissionned research, "Does Torture Prevention Work?", Richard Carver.

In the last decades, the international community has introduced many instruments and institutions designed to ensure correct treatment of detainees, and in particular to implement and enforce the prohibition of torture. While activities of international courts, inspection commitees, 2 special rapporteurs, national preventive mechanisms (NPMs) and others have indeed contributed to securing humane treatment of persons in police custody, there is still much potential for improving the human rights performance of police forces in the world.

This conference will analyse and evaluate these international activities and efforts, in order to provide an assessment of how far the world has come in preventing torture and other illtreatment in police custody. In workshops and plenary sessions, international experts and participants will share their experiences and discuss success stories and setbacks. They will develop visions and ways how fair treatment of all persons in police custody may be ensured in a global perspective.

The conference language will be English. The Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences is located in Oranienburg on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany.

Registration fee is € 150,00 per person and includes attendance at the conference, lunch and coffee breaks. To register, please fill up the form at

For more information on the conference venue and speakers, please download the programme.