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UN Convention against Torture

  Friday 7 November 2014
 
Dear ,

From 7-11 November, PWDA will lead the Australian Civil Society Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva for the review of Australia under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

This review will be conducted by the UN Committee Against Torture during their 53rd session.  The Committee will consider the 4th and 5th periodic reports of Australia and make Recommendations and Concluding Observations about Australia’s progress in implementing the Convention Against Torture.
 
 
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PWDA made contributions to the Joint NGO Report from Australia and also made an independent submission on ill-treatment of people with disability. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) made an independent submission on torture and ill-treatment as experienced by women with disability.  

The Australian Civil Society Delegation will be advocating strongly on a range of issues, including immigration detention, offshore processing of asylum seekers, trafficking and counter-terrorism measures. For more information see Human Rights Law Centre.
 
Importantly, the delegation will also be advocating strongly on specific issues for people with disability. People with disability in Australia are frequently subject to treatment that may constitute torture, or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment), including persistent and severe violence and abuse, forced or coerced sterilisation, long-term neglect of basic human needs, and painful and degrading behaviour modification techniques or ‘restrictive practices’.  

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Special Rapporteur on Torture) has expressed concern that, ‘’in many cases such practices, when perpetrated against persons with disabilities, remain invisible or are being justified, and are not recognised as torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment”. 

The Australian Civil Society Delegation is made up of representatives from:
The Delegation will be sending back regular updates from Geneva on their activities. 

You can watch a live webcast of the Committee’s engagement with Australia:
  • Monday 10 November, 10am – 12pm (8pm – 10pm AEST)
  • Tuesday 11 November, 3 pm – 6pm (Wednesday 12 November, 1am-4pm AEST)
More information is available on the PWDA website.
 
 
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