Protecting Human Rights In Detention: Rights, Monitoring and OPCAT

4 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2016 Last revised: 7 Dec 2016

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Bronwyn Naylor

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law; Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2016

Abstract

People held in detention are inevitably at risk of abuse. The recent Northern Territory revelations only remind us of this reality. Australia’s failure to ratify the UN OPCAT was highlighted in the recent UN Periodic Review: ratification would require comprehensive independent monitoring of all places of detention. Effective monitoring is vital; at the same time it cannot on its own ensure rights protections, and this article argues that both enforceable rights, and robust monitoring, are essential if Australia is to address rights abuses in detention in Australia.

Keywords: Human rights, detention, monitoring, OPCAT

Suggested Citation

Naylor, Bronwyn, Protecting Human Rights In Detention: Rights, Monitoring and OPCAT (October 1, 2016). Alternative Law Journal 41(3) 2016; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016/10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865024

Bronwyn Naylor (Contact Author)

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law ( email )

Melbourne
Australia
+61 3 9925 1297 (Phone)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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