UN ends Australia anti-torture mission after inspectors barred

The United Nations has suspended its anti-torture mission to Australia after inspectors were not allowed to visit several jails and detention facilities in the country, with a top official in New South Wales state justifying the blocking of the UN panel.

Tasked with touring facilities under a voluntary agreement to prevent cruelty to detainees, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) said on Sunday they made the “drastic” decision after they were refused entry at “several” jails and detention facilities.

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