Prevention of violence and torture



Inside and outside Denmark, DIGNITY works with the prevention of torture.
Our work in Denmark takes place, among other things, within the framework of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT). Together with the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Danish Institute of Human Rights, we monitor the conditions in Danish prisons and other closed institutions and help to ensure that Denmark complies with its human rights obligations.
In parallel, we are helping our international partners in establishing similar National Preventive Mechanisms in, for example, Uganda and Tunisia.
In countries where the human rights situation is particularly worrying, such as Egypt or Belarus, we work closely with civil society organisations to combat the oppression of civil society, provide legal assistance to inmates in prisons, and document serious human rights violations, including torture.
In many countries, we work with partners to increase respect for the UN Convention against Torture and other international conventions and standards that aim at preventing human rights violations. We assist our partner organisations and the authorities in various countries in their efforts towards reforms in the field of justice and in improving conditions for persons deprived of their liberty.
From our country offices in Jordan and Tunisia, we work closely with organisations and authorities in the two countries and in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa to advance our goals.
We fight violence in poor urban areas that are characterised by inequality, corruption, and oppression. Together with partner organisations, we develop knowledge about how torture and organised violence can be reduced in such urban areas, and how safer living conditions can be established.