UN Human Rights Council ceiling (Image: Jean-Marc Ferré, Allegra Laboratory)

UN Human Rights Council ceiling (Image: Jean-Marc Ferré, Allegra Laboratory)

Regarding Rights blog - Australia’s response to international criticism of asylum seeker detention

19th March 2015

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Cynthia has worked as a lawyer and a journalist. She has over a decade’s experience as a senior journalist working in the Canberra press gallery covering foreign policy and defence issues.

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In this Regarding Rights blog post, Cynthia Banham from the Centre for International Governance and Justice, RegNet, ANU, writes about Prime Minister Abbott’s reaction to a report prepared for submission to the UN Hman Rights Council. The report found that a number of aspects of the government’s policies breached Australia’s international law obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Cynthia writes of a sense of déjà vu in Mr Abbott’s reaction.

Read the entire blog post on the Regarding Rights blog.

About Regarding Rights:

Regarding Rights is an initiative of the Centre for International Governance and Justice (CIGJ). Under the auspices of Professor Hilary Charlesworth’s ARC Laureate Fellowship Project ‘Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism’, Regarding Rights provides a forum for voices from activism and academia to comment on important issues in human rights.

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