Why our governments must implement the UN anti-torture protocol (OPCAT)

Friday, 14 January 2022 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Jennifer speaks with Andreea Lachsz from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service about the UN anti-torture protocol (OPCAT). This follows their initial discussion on this topic in mid July 2021.


Australia signed the Protocol several years ago but has failed to fund and organise for its implementation – even though the extended deadline is 20 January 2022.    

The Protocol would establish a system of visits by independent bodies to places of detention, to prevent torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.     

Andreea explains the importance of Australia meeting its OPCAT obligations, especially given the high level of incarceration of Aboriginal people, and their pervasive ill treatment while in custody.     

She tells us what we can do to get OPCAT implemented.   


Contact the Attorney General:

Australia:   Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

T: (02) 6277 7300

E: senator.cash@aph.gov.au

Victoria: Ms Jaclyn Symes MLC

T: (03) 8684 1111

E: jaclyn.symes@parliament.vic.gov.au

Friday 10:00am to 10:30am
Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.


Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet