Right to protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
Queensland’s newly enacted Human Rights Act has outlined new protections to stop people being tortured or treated in a way that is cruel, inhuman or degrading. This includes specific provisions to protect Queenslanders involved in medical or scientific treatment.
Section 17 of the Human Rights Act 2019 states that a person must not be:
Human Rights Act violations in this space could include laws, policies, acts or decisions that:
Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is a broader concept than torture. It often refers to treatment that is less severe than torture or that does not meet the definition of torture, involving abuse or humiliation, or acts that cause mental suffering, debase a person, or cause fear, anguish or a sense of inferiority.
Read more about Queensland’s newly enacted right to protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.