The Association for the Prevention of Torture was founded in 1977 and was built on the insight that torture and other forms of ill-treatment happens behind closed doors. The APT therefore promotes transparency in all places where people are deprived of liberty and has been at the origin of the main regional and international treaties on the prevention of torture, notably the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture.


The Advisory Committee member from the Association for the Prevention of Torture is Jean-Sébastien Blanc, who has been working for the organisation as detention adviser since 2010