A win for
Remedy Australia celebrates its first big campaign success: an individual remedy for Corinna Horvath, who has received a written apology from the Police Commissioner, Ken Lay, and compensation for the violent and unlawful police assault on her 18 years ago.
Thanks to all of you who supported Corinna's right to an effective remedy.
The UN Human Rights Committee decided that Corinna ought to be compensated, which has now occurred, but it also said Victoria needs to change its laws to prevent similar human rights violations occurring again. Anyone else assaulted by police should not have to wait 18 years for a remedy. Victoria Police should be liable for the conduct of its officers, as is the case in other Australian states.
Furthermore, the UN says Victoria Police needs independent and effective procedures to investigate and discipline police accused of human rights abuses.
What Corinna Horvath went through should never happen again. To fail to provide an effective remedy is itself a human rights violation (ICCPR, art 2). The UN says more needs to be done.
Call for these important reforms by signing our quick online letter.