AG Brandis has promised to ratify the torture convention, thus opening up detention centres to inspection, by the end of the year. CLA fervently hopes he keeps his promise. Ratifying OPCAT, the international torture and jails convention, would introduce an independent inspection regime, offering the chance to slice through the shroud of secrecy around adult and junior jails, as well as possibly stimulating better education and learning of life skills for inmates to aid their rehabilitation.
In other news, CLA has decided to keep a close eye on developments in the genes area, in relation to health, privacy and discrimination. Soon genes technology will come to dominate a healthy life, and we should prepare new principles, guidelines and possibly laws, CLA believes.
- Government has no idea about your data
- High Court to rule whether 1971 conviction was wrong
- Major improvements in treaty negotiations recommended
- Foreign Minister Bishop blows whistle on her own government
- AFP ‘fined’ $200,000 for unlawful seizure
- ‘Alternative fact’: born to be un-free
- Who judges the judges?
- Dutch run out of prisoners
- Court records should be kept permanently
- Toddlers kill more Americans than terrorists
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