Australia ratifies OPCAT

Today Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. OPCAT will require Australia to create a regime of independent inspections for all places of detention, as...

SPT carries out first visit to Morocco

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) carried out its first visit to Morocco from 22 to 28 October 2017. The visit’s main objective was to advise and support the Government on the establishment of a national mechanism for the prevention of...

SPT to visit Rwanda to advise establishment of NPM

The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) is due to visit Rwanda from 15 to 21 October to advise the authorities on the establishment of a national detention monitoring body officially known as the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM). The SPT will...

Australian Government announce intention to ratify the OPCAT

Today the Australian Government announced their intention to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) by December 2017. The OPCAT was signed by the Australian Government in 2009. By announcing its intention to ratify OPCAT, the Australian...