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Liberal MLA rejects need for UN oversight of Canberra’s ‘places of detention’

The Canberra Liberals have rejected the need for a United Nations subcommittee tasked with protecting inmates from torture to have any oversight of the capital’s prisons, police and court cells.

The Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to ensure the ACT can meet the standards of the UN’s optional protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), after the federal government ratified the rules in December.

Chek 2bThe new laws will mean UN inspectors will now be able, should they wish, to inspect any ACT “places of detention” including the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Bimberi youth justice centre, court and…

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