source: World Socialist Website
published: 10 September 2018
Thirty years after the Hawke Labor government’s 1987–91 “Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody,” the state brutality and killing of indigenous people in Australia continues unabated.
According to figures published last week by the Guardian, 147 Aborigines, including children, have died in custody over the last ten years, bringing the total number of indigenous people who have lost their lives in custody to 407 since the royal commission.
The deaths were the result of pursuits or violent assaults by police or prison officers, untreated physical and mental health illnesses and suicides. Not a single police or prison officer has been prosecuted over these fatalities.
The Guardian report is based on a detailed study of hundreds of coroners’ inquests between 2008 and 2018. The newspaper decided to undertake the investigation because federal, state and territory authorities have failed to maintain up to date records on the number of indigenous deaths in custody.