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Submission to the Committee Against Torture (2022)

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This submission is made by the Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission). The Commission is an ‘A status’ national human rights institution, operating in conformity with the Paris Principles. This submission is based on work that has been undertaken by the Commission in accordance with our mandate and functions. The Commission is a federal body that has oversight over federal issues. However, it is important to note that the Federal Government has a significant leadership role and specific responsibilities with respect to ensuring human rights standards are met nationally. Therefore many of the concerns raised in relation to states and territories are also pertinent to the Federal Government and its duties.

The matters addressed in this submission are all of importance to Australia’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).