Australia hides human rights abuses

Dear Prime Minister

Congratulations on finally ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (Opcat), eight long years after signing the treaty. No doubt we need to demonstrate a commitment to human rights just as we are about to begin our term on the Human Rights Council. However the exclusion of Australia's offshore places of detention from Opcat scrutiny proves your government is trying to hide the human rights abuses on Manus Island and Nauru.

To have any credibility on Human Rights Australia must evacuate all people held on Manus and Nauru to safety and freedom now, and undertake to never operate a system of offshore processing again.