Australia ratifies UN protocol, agreeing to mainland detention centre inspections

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Under Opcat, the government will be obliged to establish an independent detention watchdog

Australia has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture – eight years after signing the treaty – acceding to independent inspections of all places of detention in Australia.

The government will formally lodge documents to ratify the Opcat, which builds on the 1985 UN Convention against Torture, in New York next week.

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