Monitoring Standards

The standards that are applied when monitoring places of detention are international human rights standards.

People in detention have the right to be treated with humanity, dignity and respect. Other rights include:

  • freedom from ill treatment – with protections around the use of force, restraints, segregation or seclusion
  • adequate protections – such as accurate record keeping; access to independent complaints processes; protection of vulnerable groups; and fair rules and disciplinary procedures
  • decent conditions – including accommodation that is clean, warm and safe; adequate food and suitable clothing
  • access to a lawyer and contact with family
  • opportunity for fresh air and exercise (at least an hour a day), and meaningful activities – such as education or employment
  • access to adequate health care.

OPCAT Monitoring Standards (Word 90Kb).

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