Views: Communication No. 1020/2001 (CCPR/C/78/D/1020/2001). State party: Australia

A selection of key paragraph(s) can be found below the document.

Paragraph 7.2: “(…) a State party “is not relieved of its obligations under the Covenant when  some of its functions a re delegated to other autonomous organs.” The Committee considers that the contracting out to the private commercial sector of core State activities which involve the use of force and the detention of persons does not absolve a State party of its obligations under the Covenant, notably under articles 7 and 10 which are invoked in the instant communication. Consequently, the Committee finds that the State party is accountable under the Covenant and the Optional Protocol of the treatment of inmates in the Port Philip Prison facility run by Group 4.”