Australia violates UN Convention against Torture: report

Australia violates UN Convention against Torture: report

A new report has found aspects of Australia’s asylum-seeker policy have breached the United Nations Convention against Torture.

The document is due to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council today.

It addresses concerns about the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island, as well as recent amendments to maritime laws.

The damning report has also found Australia has violated the convention with ‘arbitrary detention and refugee determination at sea, without access to lawyers.’

The UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez has prepared the report, after being tasked with investigating alleged violations of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment around the world.

Human Rights Law Centre director of legal advocacy Daniel Webb has explained how the convention has been violated.

“The torture convention prohibits subjecting people to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” he said in a statement.

“The report confirms that by leaving people locked up indefinitely in appalling conditions on a remote island, Australia is failing to meet this basic standard.”

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