By Adam Fletcher Yesterday at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s annual NGO Forum, the Foreign Minister and Attorney-General announced that Australia would ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
What is it all about?
The OPCAT is a treaty which aims to set up a worldwide network of independent oversight for prisons and other facilities where people are deprived of liberty (including makeshift facilities, prisoner transport and many kinds of closed institutions). Under this treaty, States parties are to set up bodies known as National Preventive Mechanisms. …read more
Source:: Castan Centre for Human Rights Law