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At the most recent United Nations Human Rights Council in March, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture tabled a report outlining the current international benchmarks expected of countries when it comes to detaining children in criminal and civil contexts.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Senior Lawyer, Ruth Barson, said the report is a reminder that Australia needs to change its youth justice policies in order to meet international standards.

“There’s a lot of room for improvement when it comes to Australia’s youth detention practices and policies. For example, the outdated use of strip searches and solitary conferment on children in Australia is of growing concern,” said Ms Barson.

Each year, King & Wood Mallesons and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, work with the Human Rights Law Centre to publish a special edition of our Monthly Bulletin, Rights Agenda, that focuses on human rights and legal issues affecting children and young people.

A recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Victoria has seen one of the largest jumps in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rates in the country.



10th Annual Human Rights Dinner – Tickets now available

10th Annual Human Rights Dinner – Tickets now available

5 June 2015

The Human Rights Law Centre and Justice Connect are extremely pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at our Annual Human Rights Dinners this year will be the Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs.


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