Human Rights Database to Create Better Access
Thursday, 6th March 2014 at 9:31 am
The Australian Human Rights Commission is developing a national database of programs and services that assist people with disability in the criminal justice system.
The database comes just weeks after the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes launched a report into access to justice for people with disability, which revealed disturbing cases of discrimination in every state and territory.
"Our recently launched Equal before the law: Towards disability justice strategies report included a list of these programs and services," Innes said.
"Providing this database is a good way to learn about more of these programs, and assist States and Territories in the preparation of their Disability Justice Strategies.
“The report, released on 5 February this year, lists the barriers to achieving equality and how it is costing the Australian community millions of dollars.
“The information will also be available to those who work with the criminal justice systems, so that they can be aware of what options may be available to ensure people with disabilities can be assisted in seeking justice.
“We are calling for input about existing services and programs that help people with disability to participate in the criminal justice system.
"We are looking for examples of the following types of services and programs:
Early intervention programs;
Programs and services which aim to prevent violence against people with disability;
Services and supports in police stations, courts and in custodial settings;
Disability training programs for police, judges and correctional officers;
Policies and frameworks in the criminal justice system which aim to improve access to justice for people with disability.”
The Database can be here.
Nominations to be included on the database can be here.