The APT encourages Australia to act now to prevent torture

Friday, March 30, 2012

The utility of the OPCAT as a tool to help Australia meet existing human rights obligations, as well as the cost saving for government of the preventative approach were just two of the reasons that the APT put forward in its submission to the Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), which is currently considering whether Australia should ratify the OPCAT.

A signatory state since 2009, Australia has not yet ratified the OPCAT although a recent 'National Interest Analysis' prepared by the Australian Commonwealth Attorney General's Department was strongly in favour of ratification of the OPCAT.

Read more about the compelling case for Australia’s ratification in APT's submission.