More Deaths in Custody – this time refugees

They survived rape and torture … will they survive Australian detention?
30 March 2011

[Editor’s Note – there have been 269 black deaths in custody since the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down 20 years ago (15 April 1991)]

Refugees in Detention

How has it come to this? Six detention deaths in seven months. Five of these are suicide.

If these were not asylum seekers, there would be an uproar. Will this latest death of a 19-year-old Hazara in Curtin be the catalyst for the judicial inquiry needed to investigate mandatory detention?

This boy’s friends tell of his distress when decisions were handed out to arrivals from boat number 225. This boy could not understand how he, who had arrived in boat number 170, was still waiting. … Read more at

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