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OPCAT: Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture

OPCAT

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international agreement aimed at preventing torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. OPCAT places an obligation to establish a system of regular inspections to places of detention, with the aim of preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.

Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.

Victorian Parliament Iftar Dinner

Remarks of Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner to the 12th Annual Victorian Parliament Iftar Dinner

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Commissioner invites OPCAT submissions

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has released a consultation paper and a call for submissions on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

2011 Media Release: Human rights to take centre stage at Sydney Town Hall

More than 1400 people have already registered for a major public event in Sydney next Monday where key contemporary Australian human rights issues will be discussed.

2011 Media Releases: Australia must continue to provide safe haven for those seeking hope and a future

Australians should pause this World Refugee Day to reflect on the courage, resilience and contributions made to Australian society by more than 750,000 refugees who have found hope and a new home in Australia since the nation signed up to the United Nations Refugee Convention 60 years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission said today.

Australia's Universal Periodic Review on human rights

Friday 14 December, 2012

International engagement

Friday 14 December, 2012
The Commission is Australia's 'A status' national human rights institution. The Commission's engages internationally with UN human rights mechanisms, NHRIs, and other countries.