The National Agency for the Prevention of Torture
The National Agency for the Prevention of Torture is Germany's independent agency to prevent inhuman conditions and treatment at places of detention. It was established under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture. The National Agency shall prevent torture, abuse, and inhuman treatment at facilities where people are or can be deprived of their liberty.
The National Agency is not competent to deal with individual complaints. However, information concerning conditions and treatment of persons deprived of their liberty is important to the National Agency's work. This information can influence the selection of places to visit and the focus during visits.