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).
The seventh annual report of the independent agencies appointed to monitor places of detention in New Zealand under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) has been presented to Parliament.
The 2013/14 annual report is a joint report of the five independent agencies responsible for monitoring places of detention in New Zealand under OPCAT, including the Independent Police Conduct Authority, the Ombudsmen, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the Inspector of Service Penal Establishments and the Human Rights Commission.
You can read the joint annual report of activities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) here (PDF, 351kb)
Human Rights Commission Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture
Legislation Crimes of Torture Act 1989