The Saturday Paper: Australia misses anti-torture deadline

Australia risks being placed on a human rights blacklist by failing to meet another deadline to implement an international anti-torture agreement.

The UN’s Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (Opcat) was ratified under the Turnbull government in December 2017, but Australia has since requested two deadline extensions to meet its obligations.

The failure to meet the obligations by Friday (today) means a UN subcommittee could place Australia on a non-compliance list, alongside 14 other countries.

Australia’s human rights commissioner, Lorraine Finlay, said such a failure could affect the country’s human rights credibility on the world stage.

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