For a world without torture

Through the keyhole of a prison cell you can see a chair lit by a lamp.
Drawing from the illustrated story 'En finir avec l’impunité' by Shazeera Zawawi (Association for the Prevention of Torture), 2014. © Shazeera Zawawi

The fight against torture has long been a Swiss foreign policy priority. International law prohibits torture and ill-treatment at all times and in all circumstances. Switzerland is committed to ensuring that the ban is upheld worldwide and supports monitoring and enforcement internationally.

An action plan sets out how Switzerland supports the absolute and universal ban on torture and ill-treatment and encourages its implementation. It describes how Switzerland supports international monitoring and enforcement of the ban on torture and how it cooperates with other states, international organisations and NGOs.

FDFA Action Plan against Torture

Multifaceted commitment

Among other things, Switzerland works to ensure that as many states as possible ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT) and its optional protocol (OPCAT). The ratification and implementation of these agreements leads demonstrably to a reduction in torture.

Prevention of torture and ill-treatment in Switzerland

The Federal Constitution prohibits torture and any other form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Switzerland has ratified all the relevant international agreements.

The National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT) ensures through regular visits and dialogue with the authorities that the rights of persons in custody are respected. It visits prisons and institutions for the enforcement of measures and custodial sentences and accompanies deportation flights.

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture also regularly visits Switzerland.

National Commission for the Prevention of Torture

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture