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Deaths in Custody raised by Disability Network at UN

Damien Griffis at the United Nations last year. Image supplied

by Damien Griffis 10 November 2014

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s the only Indigenous organisation within this delegation, the First Peoples Disability Network thanks the Committee for an opportunity to speak to our concerns on Australia’s compliance with its Treaty obligations and its commitment to securing the human rights of Australia’s First Peoples. There are many concerns for our

Peoples in relation to Australia’s compliance with the Treaty, and the time allotted would not do justice to the scope nor the people who are affected by them. Accordingly, we focus our comments on the operation of Article 11, with reference to the rate of incarceration of Indigenous people and secondly, the continuation of deaths of Indigenous people in custody. These matters are not new to the Committee, as it made recommendations on these issues following its last meeting in 2008.

We can report to the Committee that since its last meeting, Australia’s compliance has not improved. In fact, the situation has deteriorated. Australia’s official statistics agency recently reported that the imprisonment rate of Indigenous people is now 1,958 per 100,000; fifteen times that of other Australians. This represents an 11.9% increase since the Committee’s last report in 2008. By contrast, over the same period, the imprisonment rate for other

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Deaths in custody raised by disability network at un  

by Damien Griffis 10 November 2014 As the only Indigenous organisation within this delegation, the First Peoples Disability Network thanks t...