State Intervention

Human Rights

Latest News Solitary Confinement – A Breach of Human RightsState-Sanctioned Sexual Assault: The Rally to Ban Strip Searches at Silverwater GaolBan Strip Search NSW Coalition – Protest on 19 November 2020Sign the Petition to Ban Strip Searches in NSW!Detainee Call: Advisory Group PositionOPCAT Implementation AnalysisAnalysis: OPCAT Progress in South Australia Contents The Optional Protocol to …

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Underworld execution media beat-up – 16th November 2016

In the wake of the recent execution of underworld kingpin Pasquale Barbaro, The Daily Telegraph (16 November 2016, see below) utilised the sensationalist front-page headline “Taking out the trash” to signify his murder. Combined with the tagline “Gangland War on Sydney Streets” on a bloodstained backdrop, The Daily Telegraph effectively panders to the audience by …

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Sex Offending

Sex Offences: hysteria v reality This issue exposes the contradictions of personal behaviour, commercial interests and government responses like no other. Justice Action has for many years defended the apparently indefensible, embraced the most reviled, and feels that handling this issue properly will lead to a reconsideration of community values on punishment. The furore around …

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Freedom of Expression

“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”– International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights …

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OPCAT – Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture

Latest News SPT Visit to Australia (August 2022) Medication of People with Disability: Breach of OPCATPrisoner Community AcknowledgementState-Sanctioned Sexual Assault: The Rally to Ban Strip Searches at Silverwater GaolDetainee Call: Advisory Group Position OPCAT Implementation AnalysisAnalysis: OPCAT Progress in South Australian PrisonsAustralian Human Rights Commission Report: Implementing OPCAT in Australia (June 2020)  OPCAT in the …

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Queensland’s changes to sex offender legislation: An overview

The Proposal The Queensland Parliament has recently made a proposal for new changes to legislation that will place an overriding power on the Attorney General to overrule any previous court decision and detain individuals who are deemed a ‘risk to the public’ indefinitely, despite the fact they have completed their original sentence. The legislation will …

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DNA Testing

The battle for your DNAThe power of genetic research on large populations is impressive, and more will be carried out on other groups isolated by geography, cultural heritage, family lineage, and as yet unimagined categories. The value of such research is the knowledge it yields for individuals, groups and societies who can benefit from it. …

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Crime

Forensic DNA: Statement of Principles No one, whether convicted or otherwise, should be forced to give a medical sample of any kind unless it has been determined in open court that their right to bodily integrity and genetic privacy is exceeded by overwhelming issues of public interest in the evidence likely to be produced. 2. …

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