Ensure the right to an effective remedy for police misconduct

It's bigger than me now. It's not about me. It's about everyone who ends up in my position. - Corinna Horvath

In 1996, 21-year-old Corinna Horvath and others were assaulted by police during an unlawful raid on her home. Despite a 2001 County Court finding that she should be compensated, she did not receive adequate compensation until 2014, when her human rights complaint to the UN was upheld.

In 2016, criminal charged were finally laid against one of the police officers involved.

However, Australia has failed to demonstrate to the UN that Victoria Police's internal disciplinary proceedings "met the requirements of an effective remedy".

The UN Human Rights Committee says Australia is obliged to:

This is about more than just Corinna. It's about the rights of all Victorians. The UN has found existing arrangements in Victoria fall short of our international legal obligations. Victoria must establish a truly independent body to investigate complaints against police.

Read more about the Horvath case.

Write to the Attorney-General and the Victorian Premier:

CC:
Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General
Hon. Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Martin Pakula MP, Attorney-General of Victoria
Hon. Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Police

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