The annual Australia New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable was held in Canberra on 10 November 2010. The Race Relations Roundtable includes the Australian and New Zealand National Human Rights Commission and Australian State and Territory Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Commissions. Also in attendance were representatives of a number of community organisations, academics with expertise in racism and cultural diversity, and federal government department observers.
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.
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.