Update: 14.09.2016

European Convention for the Prevention of Torture: Implementation in Switzerland

Adopted on 26 November 1987
Entry into force on 1 February 1989
Ratified by all 47 CoE member States

For Switzerland:
RS 0.106 (RO 1989 150)
Signed on 26 November 1987
Ratified on 7 October 1987
Entry into force on 1 February 1989
Dispatch of 11 May 1988: BBl 1988 II 897 (in German); FF 1988 II 881 (in French)
No reservations, declarations and objections

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Supervisory Body

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has examined Switzerland several times to date and has so far issued six reports: 1991, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012.

The reports of the Committee on these visits and the respective statements of the Swiss Government are accessible on the CPT website.

Documentation of the CPT visits to Switzerland

Visit 2001

Visit 2003

Visit 2007

Visit 2012

Visit 2015

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) announced that it intends to visit Switzerland in 2015.

    Activities by non governmental organisations

    The Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) is an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded by a Swiss banker and lawyer in 1977. Its primary objective is to prevent torture and other forms of ill-treatment, not only in Switzerland but also throughout the world.

    Person of contact

    • Barbara Bernath, Route de Ferney 10, P.O. Box 2267, 1211 Genève, phone 022 919 21 71022 919 21 71, fax 022 919 21 80, E-mail

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