CAT: UN Committee Against Torture's Concluding Observations on Australia

The UN Committee Against Torture has issued its Concluding Observations on Australia following a review of Australia’s compliance with the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment at its 40th Session in Geneva in May 2008. The Human Rights Law Resource Centre prepared a major Report on Australia's Compliance with the Convention against Torture (April 2008) [PDF] to assist the Committee to constructively review and make recommendations regarding Australia.

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Human Rights Briefing Paper to Gay McDougall, UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues

In February 2008, the HRLRC, together with the National Association of Community Legal Centres and Rights Australia, prepared a Briefing Paper on Key Human Rights Issues in Australia for Gay McDougall, UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues and Chair of the Coordinating Committee on UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures, in advance of her visit to Australia in April 2008.

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Prisoners' Rights: Western Suburbs Legal Service v Dept of Justice - FoI Application regarding Prison Administration

On 6 February 2008, the Centre’s Director, Phil Lynch, gave evidence as an expert witness in support of a Freedom of Information application for access to a report prepared by the Corrections Inspectorate regarding separation orders and high security and management units in Victorian prisons. The matter is being heard in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, with the applicant, Western Suburbs Legal Service, being represented by Corrs Chambers Westgarth on a pro bono basis.

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Counter-Terrorism: David Hicks - Relevance of Human Rights to Control Order Conditions

In conjunction with Brian Walters SC, Neil McAteer of Counsel and Allens Arthur Robinson, the Centre prepared a Note on the Relevance of International Human Rights to Control Order Conditions in the case of David Hicks. The Note was used by Counsel for Mr Hicks in submissions to the Federal Magistrates' Court on 18 February 2008, which resulted in an easing of the conditions and restrictions imposed on Mr Hicks.

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