Friday, February 29, 2008

Rudd to sign anti-torture treaty

The Australian

AUSTRALIA is set to ratify the international treaty against torture that was snubbed by the former Howard government.
The Rudd Government is also reportedly considering introducing laws to make torture an offence for the first time under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has told Fairfax newspapers the government intended to ratify the UN's Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

"Labor is committed to ratifying the optional protocol on torture, and we will soon be consulting the states and territories as to how that can be achieved,'' Mr McClelland said.

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