Australian online side event to the 15th CoSP to the CRPD


Event Details

Date – 17/16/2022
8:00 am – 9:00 am (AEST)
Location –

People with disability are over-represented in all sites of detention and are at greater risk of experiencing torture and ill- treatment in these settings. Restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 have compounded these risks. The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) facilitates the identification of violence and abuse in places of detention.

In this event, the panel will launch resources that aim to bring disability awareness to OPCAT implementation in Australia. The resources provide essential community legal education for people with disability living in places of detention and for their families and supporters. They empower people to identify practices that violate human rights as well as practices that are human rights-respecting. The discussion will consider sexual and gender- based violence in places of detention and will hear the lived experiences of two young First Nations people with disability.


Matilda Alexander

CEO & Human Rights Lawyer, QAI. Former Principal Lawyer & Director, Prisoners Legal Service. Course convenor Prison Law at Griffith University.

Mali Hermans

Policy Officer, First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN). Former Policy Project Officer, WWDA. First Nations young person with disability.

Naraja Clay

Disability Aware OPCAT Monitoring Consultant, QAI. First Nations young person with disability.


This event is pre-recorded, the speakers will be available live throughout the event to answer questions via the Chat function.

Post-event update

The event is now available to watch on YouTube via the link below. You can also find the resources which were launched with this event in our Resources.