About the Anti-torture Initiative

The Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) was set up in 2011 as a core project of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, with the purpose of expanding the reach and practical implementation of the work of the former Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Professor Juan E. Méndez, to fight and prevent torture worldwide. Since then, the ATI has become a critically important player in the global movement against torture.

From 2011 to November 2016, the ATI worked vigorously to complement the activities of the Rapporteurship, particularly in the areas of follow-up, implementation, and dissemination. From November 2016 onward, the ATI has continued its mission by devising a new set of programmatic and country-specific activities in key thematic areas, which it continues to pursue.

Central to the ATI’s mission and values has been the understanding that a commitment to preventing torture and other ill-treatment is also an essential litmus test for adherence to other fundamental principles of human rights, human dignity, and democracy. The ATI has been particularly active in pursuing concerted strategic efforts to combat and prevent torture in different parts of the world, and in all of its guises.