Australia: A Briefing for the Committee against Torture
This briefing summarizes Amnesty International's views about Australia's implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It focuses on: the lack of a comprehensive framework for the implementation of the Convention obligations; the decision not to sign the Optional Protocol; gaps in the Government's compliance with its obligation to avoid refoulement; systemic factors that underlie high rates of deaths of Indigenous Australians in custody; and failure to exert jurisdiction to investigate credible claims of torture of Australian nationals detained by the United States Government.
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