Foundation House supports treaty to strengthen monitoring of places of detention
Foundation House has joined a wide range of individuals and organisations in signing a letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop requesting the Australian Government to ratify (formally approve and agree to implement) an international treaty to strengthen the monitoring of places of detention in Australia.
The treaty – called the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) – was developed by United Nations member countries because people deprived of their liberty are very vulnerable to abuses prohibited by the Convention against Torture such as torture & cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment & punishment.
As at December 2015, eighty countries had formally ratified the treaty which comprehensively covers places of detention including prisons, secure mental health facilities and immigration detention.
Australian ratification of the treaty has been under consideration by the federal government for many years. Foundation House and others have been advocating for treaty ratification for a considerable period also.
Click here to read the letter to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.