AU Watch

Our African Atlas on Torture

(The Atlas of Torture is a project by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and HURIDOCS. Reproduced with kind permission.)

Why an Atlas of Torture?

Despite their universal and absolute prohibition, torture and ill-treatment remain a global crisis affecting the majority of States worldwide.

The Atlas of Torture seeks to use the potential of technology to connect and empower human rights defenders, practitioners and individuals in the global fight against the torture. It aims to:
• Raise awareness on the problem of torture and ill-treatment and how it can be prevented through documentation, learning and exchange.
• Ensure easy access to information on torture and ill-treatment.
• Strengthen cooperation and exchange among those fighting torture and ill-treatment.

What is the Atlas of Torture?

The Atlas of Torture is a resource for States, civil society organisations, researchers and human rights defenders and the public at large. It provides for the possibility to access information, learn exchange and get involved in the fight against torture and ill-treatment. The Atlas of Torture, however, does neither map individual cases nor analyse the phenomenon of torture and ill-treatment. Rather it encourages users to use the available data for their own analysis.

Database
The core element of the new Atlas of Torture is a user-friendly database on the situation of torture and ill-treatment and how it can be prevented. The database provides information on:

• Relevant publications of international and national human rights organisations, defenders and researchers.
• The international legal framework, with a special focus on the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and its Optional Protocol as well as references to other key sources of international law.

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