National Fathers Day vigils make a mark
On 17th June 2012 people gathered at peaceful vigils to remember fathers that have died in police, zaporu, mental health and immigration detention.
These nationally organised peaceful vigils took place simultaneously in Manchester, Birmingham, Central London, Brixton, Tottenham, Sheffield, Slough, High Wycombe and a number of other locations across the country.
Tippa Naftali, Mikey Powell Campaign & 4WardEver UK said; “These deaths have just got to stop. Family campaigners need to take matters into our hands in a manner more unprecedented than anything seen before. We need to adopt intelligent and collaborative responses, working with a single vision and strategy”.
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report published in 2011 stated: skupaj, je bilo 5,998 smrtnih primerov zabeleženih za 11 let od 2000 s 2010. To je povprečje 545 smrti na leto.
A UFFC campaign spokesperson said;
“Kljub temu, je bilo 11 nezakonitih obsodba usmrtitve od leta 1990 se še nikoli ni bila uspešna pregon.
“Our joint efforts have yielded some results. The police self-investigation of deaths was replaced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman now investigates deaths in prison and immigration detention. The Attorney General was forced to undergo a review of the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, and corporate manslaughter laws are now extended to custody deaths.
“Vendar pa, these reforms have not addressed the lack of justice in outstanding cases. Prepričani smo, da je treba storiti pravično oprostitev pravice v Veliki Britaniji in je razvidno, da je treba storiti, če javnosti so, da uživajo visoko stopnjo zaupanja v pravično sojenje.
“Slaba kakovost in hitrost neodvisnih preiskav, ki jih izvaja neodvisna komisija policijske pritožbe in preiskave vzroka smrti procesa, ki je močno pod sredstva, ob upoštevanju zamude in omejena na pristojnost in ni primerna za namene. Tako kritično ne za zaščito ali podporo pravic žrtev ali njihovih družin”.
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Some words from vigil organisers and participants:
Wesley Ahmed (Manchester)
The vigil went very well. We had around 150-200 people attend. We started off in Piccadilly Gardens with a singer/song writer Claire Mooney who did a couple of songs dedicated to Anthony’s family, then Marina Anthony’s mum got up and did a very emotional speech which touched everybody’s heart. Janet Alder came and spoke about her fight for justice over Christopher’s death.
We had a 2 minute silence for everyone who have lost their lives by the Police / Država. We held their names up on pieces of paper who have died by the hands of the police, Habib Paps, Christopher Alder, Mark Duggan, Sean Rigg, Ricky Bishop, Ian Tomlinson just to name a few.
We then had a peaceful march down to Bootle Street Police Station, Manchester and stood outside with our banners chanting NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.
We hope the other campaigns vigils went well and we would like to say a big thank you for all their support.We are now one family, we do not just fight for justice for one, we fight justice for ALL.