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Australia's Sixth Periodic Review

Summary

Learn more about the Commission's update to the Committee against Torture on the implementation of recommendations from their Concluding Observations.
Learn more about the Commission's update to the Committee against Torture on the implementation of recommendations from their Concluding Observations.

Addressing Human Trafficking, Slavery and Slavery-like Practices

Summary

Learn how the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) can be amended to better address human trafficking and slavery-like practices.
Learn how the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) can be amended to better address human trafficking and slavery-like practices.

Australia ratifies major anti-torture treaty OPCAT

Today Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. This is an opportunity to protect the rights of people who are detained in Australia for generations to come.

The Australian Human Rights Commission today welcomes the Australian Government’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Powers) Bill 2015

Queensland Law Society Mandatory Sentencing Policy Paper Launch

Acknowledgements

Thank you for your kind introduction.

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Turrbal People, the traditional owners of the lands on which we are meeting today.

I would also like to acknowledge:

Judicial review of lawfulness of detention (2013)

Summary

The Australian Human Rights Commission provides this response to the questionnaire from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in relation to judicial review of the lawfulness of detention.

The Australian Human Rights Commission provides this response to the questionnaire from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in relation to judicial review of the lawfulness of detention.

Human Rights (Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders) Bill 1999

Monday 10 June, 2013

Mandatory detention laws were enacted in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Essentially these laws require courts to impose minimum sentences of detention or imprisonment for people convicted of certain offences. They effectively remove judicial discretion in relation to those offences.

Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability

This project focuses on people with disabilities who need communication supports or who have complex and multiple support needs and who have come in contact with the criminal justice system.

Access to justice in the criminal justice system for people with disability - Issues Paper: April 2013

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