Systemic Advocacy 2019

OPCAT Implementation

In late 2017, the Federal Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).  The implementation process will take three years and is currently underway. OPCAT is significant, as it will open places of detention to scrutiny.  QAI is working to ensure that this scrutiny is more disability aware. Read our media release.   For more on conditions for people with disability in prisons, see Human Rights Watch (2018) I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia.

Tags: OPCAT, United Nations, torture

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