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This responsibility contributes to New Zealand fulfilling the requirements of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (OPCAT).
Other agencies with responsibility for monitoring places of detention include the Human Rights Commission, the Children’s Commissioner, Ombudsmen, and the Inspector of Service Penal Establishments within the NZ Defence Force.
From time to time, the Authority conducts research across a particular theme relating to conditions and treatment affecting people in Police custody.
In June 2012, the Authority released a report into a ten-year review of deaths in Police custody. The Deaths in Custody Report can be found in the media section of this website. More>>
Promoting awareness of OPCAT is an important part of the Authority's work.
The Authority has issued a number of media statements about its activities and produced other documents, such as a factsheet, a checklist and occasional updates.
The provision of public information and education measures is an essential part of the OPCAT framework. The preamble to OPCAT states that "effective prevention of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment requires education and a combination of various legislative, administrative, judicial and other measures."
Annual reporting on places of Police detention
The Human Rights Commission publishes an annual Report on Places of Detention which includes the Authority's report on conditions of detention in Police custody along with reports from other agencies with monitoring responsibilities under the Crimes of Torture Act.
Both the 2010/11 and the 2009/10 Annual Reports of the Independent Police Conduct Authority have devoted specific chapters to the Authority's OPCAT work, the first time it has been reported on in such detail by the Authority. More>>
Deaths in Custody report More>>
Terms of Reference for review of young persons' detention issues More>>
The 2010 Factsheet for Police custody areas More>>
Checklist for inspecting detention facilities More>>
The Authority's responsibilities More>>
Human Rights Commission More>>
Legislation Crimes of Torture Act 1989