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Blessington and Elliot v Australia (1968/2010) Australian Government response

Human Rights Communications

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1968/2010 concerning sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of release

The authors alleged that Australia had violated articles 7, 10, 15 and 24 of the ICCPR due to legislative amendments which altered the conditions under which the authors could be released on parole. The authors alleged that these amendments effectively impose on them life sentences without the possibility of release, which is inappropriate given their status as minors at the time they committed their offences. The Committee issued adverse views.