Australia to allow UN inspections of onshore detention centres

Australia to allow UN inspections of onshore detention centres

The Turnbull government has pledged to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This will allow UN inspectors ‘unrestricted access’ to enter ‘any prison or place in Australia where people are deprived of their liberty’. Ratifying OPCAT will also require Australia to establish a system of inspections to monitor all places of detention within Australia. There has been some debate over whether these obligations extend to offshore detention facilities in Manus Island and Nauru.