First up on the show, Marisa welcomes Ilo Diaz, Advocacy Coordinator in the racial discrimination work of the Police Accountability Project, to discuss the consequences of police investigating police for our vulnerable communities. Ilo gives us a run-down on where we are at with independent oversight while police investigate police. They also discuss the Victorian Government's ongoing lack of action on this issue.
Next, Marisa speaks with Josephine Langbien, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC), about their submission outlining the issues of torture and ill-treatment that Australia should address in its forthcoming periodic report to the UN Committee against Torture. Issues include treatment of prisoners and conditions of detention; involuntary psychiatric treatment; and violence against women, specifically within Australia's refugee protection and immigration detention regimes.
Marisa continues the conversation regarding the UN investigation later in the program with Tiffany Overall, Human Rights Officer at Youthlaw, about where children and young people fit in. She specifically describes the submission by a working group of Smart Justice For Young People, the coalition of over 40 organisations of which Youthlaw is a part. The submission itself calls for equivalency of healthcare, the need for the Government to implement the OPCAT protocol (including independent monitoring), raising the age of criminal responsibility of at least 14 years of age, and encourages visits to youth detention centres in Victoria such as Parkville and Malmsbury.
The day before this program aired, it was announced that this visit by the UN Committee against Torture has been suspended.