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Navy burns: the government's obligation to investigate



10 February 2014

Professor Ben Saul
Professor Ben Saul

Professor Ben Saul examines the Government's response to allegations that asylum seekers were mistreated and had their hands deliberately burnt by Australian Navy personnel.

In an article for The Conversation, he writes that while the facts of the incident remain contested, "There is, however, a clear legal answer to what should have happened once the allegations were made.

"Under international law, Australia has an obligation to impartially investigate allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, to criminally punish perpetrators, and to provide effective remedies (including compensation) to victims.

"These obligations arise under treaties to which Australia voluntarily committed itself: the United Nations Convention against Torture, and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

View the entire article - Navy burns: the government's obligation to investigate - The Conversation

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