Position Paper: Disability Inclusive National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)

Australia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) requires the establishment of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM).

An NPM is an independent oversight mechanism focused on preventing torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (ill-treatment) primarily by monitoring and inspecting places of detention.

People with disability are significantly over-represented in places of detention and experience much higher rates of all forms of violence, torture and ill-treatment. In this position paper, DPO Australia argue that the NPM must be disability inclusive to prevent disability based detention and to prevent torture and ill-treatment perpetrated against people with disability in places of detention.

The Position Paper outlines key issues and recommendations to ensure that Australia’s NPM is strongly disability inclusive.

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