Three years ago tomorrow, a 22 year old Aboriginal woman with her whole life ahead of her - Ms Dhu, died in a Western Australian Police lock up from a fatal infection stemming from a cracked rib arising from a family violence injury.
Ms Dhu had been locked up for unpaid fines for three days, and as the WA Coroner found, had been treated inhumanely by police. This tragic death was inhumane, avoidable and preventable.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today called for immediate action to address the systemic and individual failures in the justice system, in light of the Ms Dhu Coronial Inquest findings.
ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.”
“It's about time governments started to listen”
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation, ANTaR today called for the Prime Minister and Federal Government to start engaging with, and listening to First Peoples before making decisions. Read our Media Release here.
ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration across the country to become a priority for the Federal Government.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, ANTaR today called for the sacking of Northern Territory Minister for Corrective Services, Justice, Families and Children, John Elferink following harrowing footage of abuse of young people in detention at Don Dale youth detention centre.
Today, on the 25th anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report ANTaR, calls for an end to government indifference to addressing the nationwide incarceration crisis facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. "Today is a sombre day, not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but for the nation as a whole, that should jolt our nation’s leaders into real action on incarceration, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People,” Read ANTaR's S
Aboriginal womens experiences are front & centre in the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Change the Record Co Chair Jackie Huggins commends the Report’s recommendation that significant investment in Aboriginal community controlled services should be an urgent priority for Government.
ANTaR joins over twenty Indigenous and human rights organisations have signed an open letter released today calling on Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett to stop locking up vulnerable people for unpaid fines. The open letter comes in the wake of the ongoing inquest into the tragic death of Ms Dhu, a 22-year old Aboriginal woman who died in police custody after being imprisoned for unpaid fines. Read the open letter here.