Rally & Procession 2021

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published: 7 November 2021

The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday 30 October 2021.

In 2020 the event moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year the crowds were back in full swing to show support for families affected by state custody deaths and killings. This year the United Families & Friends Campaign annual rally and protest also showed solidarity with a simultaneous march and protest with fellow campaigners that took place in Scotland

Controversial deaths in state custody internationally, continue to be a huge concern and currently sees no signs of major improvement.

In 2020 and 2021, two significant articles by the Huffington Post (Families ‘appalled’ as new law grants officers anonymity & The families of British men who have died in police custody speak out) demonstrated the significant concerns that still surround this controversial history.

Hundreds march in London for those who died in state custody

Hundreds of friends and relatives of people who died in prison or police custody in the UK have held a rally and remembrance procession through central London, calling for justice for their loved ones.

The rally, which is organized by the United Families & Friends Campaign, has taken place every year in London since 1999. The group is made up of bereaved families and others affected by deaths at the hands of United Kingdom police, in prisons, in immigration systems, and psychiatric custody.

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Video : Families march in London highlighting deaths in police custody

The United Friends and Family campaign a coalition of family members and friends, marched today in London to remember loved-ones who died in police custody and to share experiences in activism (October 30). Watch the video here >

BME Deaths in Custody 2014 – 2021

Deaths in custody – including police, prison, secure hospital and immigration detention – are of concern for a number of reasons, including the intrinsic vulnerability of some of those in custody, the power imbalance inherent in the situation, and the almost insurmountable difficulties for families of the deceased to find out how someone died.

In the UK two civil society organisations attempt to break down the difficulties after such deaths – INQUEST, which provides casework services on deaths and facts and figures to the public and United Families and Friends Campaign, a networking group supporting families campaigning for justice. See a list of recent fatalities here.

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Related Information:

INQUEST response to new data on deaths in police custody
29 July 2021

Safety in Custody quarterly: update to March 2021
July 2021

IOPC: FOI Disclosures Report
March 2021

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