Preventing torture goes hand in hand with protecting human rights. The European Convention against Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Punishment – the Anti Torture Convention – provides an innovative way to ensure the safety of people kept in detention in Europe with a system of lightening visits, during which specialised teams observe how detainees are treated. The Convention not only covers prisons and police stations, but any place where people are deprived of their liberty, such as psychiatric hospitals and immigrant detention centres. As a result of the Convention conditions have changed for the better in many countries, dilapidated prisons have closed and cruel practices such as confining patients to cot beds have ended. Watch the film: Europe against torture!