Publication Torture Prevention

Press releases, 30.04.2024

The Swiss delegation to the OSCE has been organising a torture prevention conference in Vienna together with the Danish delegation for several years. Last year, the half-day event focused on the application of a victim-centred approach in dealing with victims of torture and ensuring the right to rehabilitation and reparation. 

During the 2023 Torture Conference.
Last year, the International Conference entitled "Justice for Torture Victims" was held in the Hofburg. © Micky Kroell

The conference, which was attended by more than 80 people, provided a platform for OSCE participating States, international organisations and civil society to exchange best practices in the field of rehabilitation and redress for torture and other ill-treatment, both in times of peace and war.  The event was co-sponsored by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), as well as the 2023 OSCE Chairmanship of North Macedonia, and politically supported by 42 participating States.

As in previous years, an online publication was created in an attempt to collect and structure recommendations from the speakers and participants of the conference. The aim of the document is to continue the dialogue on the prevention of torture.