About the Anti-torture Initiative

The Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) is a project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.

The ATI seeks to expand the strategies used by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (SRT) in furtherance of its mandate; to support, monitor, and assess implementation of the SRT’s recommendations; and to provide a multi-dynamic model for effective thematic and country-specific follow-up.

The ATI employs diverse methodology and best-practices to develop comprehensive thematic and country-specific follow up initiatives, with the aim of facilitating the domestic implementation of the SRT’s recommendations, and helping to promote the complete elimination of torture. The ATI works closely with the SRT and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with civil society organizations and government representatives in selected countries to engage with the SRT in follow-up activities, and to promote public dialogue on the issue of torture.