Annual Report: Australia 2010

May 28, 2010

Annual Report: Australia 2010

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Police and security forces

  • In June, a Queensland man died after police shocked him with a stun weapon which had been discharged 28 times. A Commission of Inquiry ordered an overhaul of police training and operational policy, and stated that stun guns should be used only when there is a "risk of serious injury".

Deaths in custody

Following a report on the death in custody of an Aboriginal man in 2008, the West Australian government changed custody procedures and training for law enforcement officers but failed to legislate for the humane treatment of prisoners.

Amnesty International visit

In November, Amnesty International's Secretary General visited Australia.