Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Report Launch: Use of Force in Detention and Other Closed Environments

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Event Details

19 November 2020 at 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Online via Zoom
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The report addresses concerns for the wellbeing, dignity and rights of persons in closed environments by reviewing relevant legal frameworks in light of international human rights standards.

It contains our recommendations for critical reforms needed to meet Australia's international human rights law obligations, and we highlight some additional concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We focus specifically on:

  • Aged care homes
  • Disability care homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Prisons
  • Juvenile detention centres
  • Immigration detention centres

Join our panel of experts from the above sectors as they discuss the report’s findings from the perspective of their respective sectors, followed by a Q&A session with questions from the audience.


Deborah Glass OBE
Victorian Ombudsman

Professor Joseph E Ibrahim
Head of Health Law and Ageing Research, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

Colleen Pearce
Victoria's Public Advocate, Office of the Public Advocate

Dr Graham Thom
Refugee Coordinator, Amnesty International Australia

Moderator: Professor the Hon. Kevin H Bell AM QC
Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

Report introduction and acknowledgements: Karin Frodé
Policy Manager Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash Law

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Janice Hugo
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