From left: Colleen Pearce (OPA), Ed Santow (Australian Human Right Commission), Nicole Batch (Australian Red Cross), Deborah Glass (Victorian Ombudsman), Michael Manthorpe (Commonwealth Ombudsman), Liana Buchanan (Commissioner for Children and young People), Jo Szwarc (Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture), Bronwyn Naylor (RMIT).
Roundtable discusses role of civil society in preventing ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty
The Office of the Public Advocate joined with Foundation House (Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture) and RMIT to host a roundtable on the significant role of civil society organisations and individuals in preventing the ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty in various contexts in Australia and elsewhere on Monday 16 September 2019.
Victoria's Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, said these roles are likely to grow with the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in this country.
The roundtable brought together some 20-25 people from non-governmental and statutory/governmental sectors to share their knowledge and perspectives relating to the roles of civil society actors in monitoring the treatment of people deprived of their liberty in Victoria in particular, and nationally, and on possible opportunities in the implementation of OPCAT.
Attendees were also able to share experiences and ideas about engaging in the monitoring of places of detention, including possible roles under OPCAT.