Submission: OPCAT in Australia

Amnesty International has submitted to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s consultation on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

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Amnesty welcomes the governments move to ratify OPCAT. Having campaigned for its implementation for many years, Amnesty celebrates this event as a historical milestone. It is a big step towards strengthening the country’s commitment to upholding and protecting human rights.

Amnesty has made nine recommendations that support the implementation of OPCAT in Australia.

Torture and other forms of ill treatment have no place in Australia. If the implementation of OPCAT is done with regard to the recommendations of civil society, Australia is set to take real steps to prevent torture and ill treatment in places of detention.

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Joel Clark is a Government Relations Adviser at Amnesty International Australia.