Monday 16 October, 2017
Calls for Racial Profiling Monitoring go international
A coalition of 56 Australian non-government organisations have called upon all Australian state and federal governments to adopt measures to track and record racial profiling throughout Australia.
In a comprehensive report released today in Geneva, that outlines Australia’s level of compliance with our obligations under the International Covenant of Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR), advocates state Australia should ensure that state and territory governments implement data-collection schemes to monitor and publicly report on incidences of racial profiling by police.
A coalition of Australian NGOs is in Geneva to brief the UN Human Rights Committee – the panel of independent human rights experts tasked with assessing Australia’s adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The delegation will present a report endorsed by 56 Australian NGOs.
“The independent body must have features to ensure that investigations are effective, comprehensive, prompt, and transparent, subject to public scrutiny and, in the case of deaths in custody, involve the family of the deceased.”
The report highlights that “no Australian jurisdiction has established a system for independent, impartial investigation of deaths in police custody or of allegations of torture and mistreatment. Complaints against police officers are primarily investigated by other police officers, usually from the same law enforcement agency.”
“We know that when police self-investigate, as happens in Victoria, complaints are overwhelmingly returned unsubstantiated. The police complaints system in Victoria requires urgent overhaul to meet international human rights standards,” said Mr Kelly.
The report can be downloaded here (PDF).
Report on Australia’s human rights record to be scrutinised by UN committee, Ben Doherty, The Guardian, 16 October 2017