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The Authority is one of several ‘national preventive mechanisms’ designated in 2007 under an amendment to the Crimes of Torture Act 1989.
As a national preventive mechanism, the Authority must:
The Human Rights Commission has overall responsibility for coordinating New Zealand’s programme of monitoring and reporting on places of detention in compliance with the protocol.
This work helps New Zealand to fulfil its obligations under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
Human Rights Commission Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture
Legislation Crimes of Torture Act 1989