Monday, October 20, 2014

Stop Black deaths in custody: Justice for Miss Dhu - Thurs 23 Oct

[Information from Deaths in Custody Watch Committee.]

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"On Thursday 23rd October 2014 communities across the country will pause to remember the tragic death in custody of Miss Dhu and to call on Governments around the nation to take action"

'Justice for Miss Dhu'

National rallies being held around the country on the 23rd October

The Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA Inc will join with the Family of Miss Dhu and concerned Australians in calling on the State Government of Western Australia to fully investigate the death in custody of their loved one and to bring about an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody.

22-year-old Ms Dhu died on August 4 after three days in police custody for unpaid fines. She had been taken to the Hedland Health Campus twice after complaining of pain, fever and paralysis from a suspected leg infection.

Both times she was declared medically fit to be kept in custody. Police said she was fine when her family called to see if she was OK.

She died the next day. Now the premier is calling for an expedited coronial inquest to quell calls for an independent inquiry into Ms Dhu's death.

Will anyone be held responsible?

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"Behind every death in police or prison custody there is a family that grieves for their loved one"
Petitioning the Australian Government Justice for Julieka - No more deaths in custody Julieka was failed by the system. Nobody deserves to die like that, wounded, begging for help and being mocked and dismissed. All because she had around $1,000 in unpaid fines. This latest tragedy could easily have been prevented.

In 1987, the Hawke government set up the Royal commission into Indigenous deaths in custody, to help find out why Indigenous deaths in custody were so prevalent and to address how to stop it.

When the commission handed down its findings, the Australian government lost it's right to feign ignorance of the issue. The commission made over 300 recommendations to either eliminate or significantly reduce deaths in custody. Yet very few, if any were ever acted upon.

Sign the Petition HERE

We call on concerned members of the WA Community to come together and support the Family and community of Ms Dhu who tragically died in a Port Hedland lock up last month.

The family are demanding answers to numerous questions surrounding the death of their loved one.

The Public Rally & March in Perth will take place from Supreme Court Gardens (Riverside) forming up from 11:30am and marching off up Barrack St, left into St Georges Tce and up to Parliament House.

23 October 2014

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