United vigils make a mark across UK
On 17th June 2012 people gathered at peaceful vigils to remember fathers that have died in police, cietums, mental health and immigration detention.
These nationally organised peaceful vigils took place simultaneously in Manchester, Birmingham, Central London, Brixton, Tottenham, Šefīlda, Dumbrājs, High Wycombe and a number of other locations across the country.
Tippa Naftaļa, Mikey Powell Kampaņas & 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: kopā, bija 5,998 nāves gadījumu skaits reģistrēts 11 gadu 2000 līdz 2010. Tas ir vidēji 545 nāves gadījumu gadā.
A UFFC campaign spokesperson said;
“Neskatoties uz to, ir bijuši 11 nelikumīgas nogalināšanas spriedumi, jo 1990 nekad nav sekmīgu kriminālvajāšanu.
“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.
“Tomēr, these reforms have not addressed the lack of justice in outstanding cases. Mēs uzskatām, ka taisnīga atbrīvojums taisnīguma AK ir jāveic, un redzams, kas jādara, ja iedzīvotājiem, baudīt augsta līmeņa uzticēšanos un uzticību taisnīgas tiesas spriešanas.
“Slikta kvalitāte un ātrums neatkarīgu izmeklēšanu, ko veic Neatkarīgā policijas sūdzību Komisijai un ar izziņas procesu, kas ir nopietni nepietiekami finansētas, ievērojot kavēšanās un ir ierobežota kompetencē un nav derīgas nolūkam. Gan kritiski nespēj aizsargāt vai atbalstīt upuru tiesības vai viņu ģimenes”.
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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 / Valsts. 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, Nav miera.
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.