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Former Atlas of Torture project

Atlas of Torture

Atlas of Torture Project

Based on his fact-finding and consultations with state and non-state actors, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (UNSRT) presents country specific recommendations addressed to the respective governments, the security services, non-state actors as well as to the international community on how the situation of torture and ill-treatment can be improved.

The country specific reports and recommendations are a comprehensive and important tool to raise awareness, to help national and international actors to direct reform and capacity development efforts and to support civil society in promoting the fight against torture and impunity. Among international human rights experts, there is overwhelming consensus that the recommendations of the UNSRT merit a rigorous follow-up to ensure that the insights gained are not lost and indeed translated into strengthened preventive efforts and tangible improvements for detainees. However, no regular in-country follow-up is currently foreseen under the UNSRT's mandate, nor does the United Nations human rights system have the means to provide for systematic follow-up through other programmes.
Precisely to fill this gap, the outgoing UNSRT, Manfred Nowak, and his team of experts have developed the Atlas of Torture project by proposing a set of activities designed to strengthen the implementation of the UNSRT's recommendations in selected countries.

The project is funded by the European Commission under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and will be implemented in five countries during a period of three years.


Atlas of Torture Website

The website “Atlas of Torture” is a project of the “Human Dignity and Public Security”-Team at the BIM. It intends to provide an objective overview of the situation of torture and ill-treatment around the world. The “Atlas of Torture” pursues a country-specific as well as a cross-cutting thematic approach. The project's purpose is to

  • raise awareness of the legal framework governing the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment;
  •  compile information on states' (non-)compliance with their obligations under international law to prevent, criminalise, investigate and prosecute cases of torture and ill-treatment;
  • analyse the underlying structural (socio-economic, political, legal etc.) causes contributing to the continuing practice of torture.


Conference on 'Prison Monitoring Methodologies for National Preventive Mechanisms', 3-4 November 2020

Konferenz zu 'Prison Monitoring Methodologies for National Preventive Mechanisms' (Methoden zur Überwachung von Gefängnissen für nationale Präventionsmechanismen)

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, Associazione Antigone and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has been hosting a virtual Conference on ‘Prison Monitoring Methodologies for National Preventive Mechanisms’ for EU NPMs, prison experts and researchers. The event is part of the EU Project ‘Working towards harmonized detention standards in the EU – the role of NPMs’.

Side event to the UN Human Rights Council to present the Atlas of Torture

Side Event

26 June 2019 - On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) and Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS) are launching the new Atlas of Torture.

The Atlas of Torture will be presented at the side-event “Strengthening the anti-torture movement: multiplying impacts through cooperation and technology”, co-organised by the BIM, HURIDOCS, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Atlas of Torture - a global cooperation platform on torture and ill-treatment

Atlas of Torture

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights highlights the need to improve access to information and strengthen cooperation to advance the fight against torture by launching a beta version of the Atlas of Torture.

The website launch is part of a large crowdfunding campaign. We need to raise 50,000€ until 13 July. Please support us to bring the Atlas of Torture to life!

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Atlas of Torture: Crowdfunding Campaign

Manfred Nowak (BIM)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) – together with the LBG 'Open Innovation in Science Centre’  – has launched a crowdfunding campaign to establish the Atlas of Torture - a website to advance together the global fight against torture and ill-treatment.

In order to be successful, we need your support! In 30 days we need to raise at least 50,000 EUR in order to establish a global cooperation platform aimed at raising awareness, collecting information and empowering people worldwide.


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