In The News (Issue No4)


Featured Article

‘Thousands die’ in India custody
26th June 2008
Nearly 7,500 people have died in official custody in India over the past five years, according to a report by a human rights group. The report by Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights says many of these people were tortured in custody. It says the Indian government is in a state of denial about torture. Even when action is taken against officials who are accused of wrongdoing, the report argues, the system tries to cover up any crimes. The Indian report was released to coincide with the United Nations’ global day against torture on Thursday. The rights group has collated official figures and found that 7,468 people – that is four people every day – have died in prison or police custody since 2002.

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UK News

Killer runs after guilty verdict
20th June 2008
A soldier who was 15 when he murdered a waiter in an Orkney restaurant in 1994 fled court after being found guilty. Sgt Michael Ross, 29, who became a Black Watch sniper, had denied shooting 26-year-old Shamsuddin Mahmood.
As he was being led away at the High Court in Glasgow, Ross jumped out of the dock and managed to escape. He was caught by a court official and police. The victim’s relatives said they were pleased with the verdict. Ross faces a life term when sentenced in next month.

Mother of stabbed girl accuses police of failing her
6th June 2008
The mother of Arsema Dawit, the 15-year-old who was stabbed to death in a tower block in south London, yesterday accused police of having failed to protect her daughter. Tsehainesh Medhani, whose daughter was killed on Monday, said police did not take seriously enough complaints from the family that Arsema was being harassed by a man who was threatening to kill her.

A death in police custody in south-east France is causing community concern
5th June 2008
Behind a banner proclaiming ‘police blunder, assassins’, hundreds of people, a thousand perhaps (according to the organisers), took part in a largely silent demonstration (except when marching past the police station) on Sunday 11 May in the centre of the south-eastern city of Grasse (Alpes-Maritîmes). The march was held in tribute to 22-year-old Abdelhakim Ajimi (aka Hakim) who died two days earlier, while or after being arrested in circumstances which have still not been officially ascertained.

Women’s Institute in prison mental health call
4th June 2008
Women’s Institute members have voted overwhelmingly to back a resolution calling for an end to “inappropriate imprisonment” of the mentally-ill. The move is inspired by the experience of a member whose schizophrenic son killed himself in jail. Delegates at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes annual conference in Liverpool backed the move 6,205 to 173.

World News

List Sheds Light on Death Row Children
18th June 2008
A human rights group has published the first detailed list of juvenile offenders on Iran’s death row, finding that at least 114 children under the age of 18 are awaiting the ultimate penalty. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says that two child offenders have already been executed this year, and notes that Iran’s judicial system is so opaque, it is unclear whether others on the list have already been put to death.

Why did police attack Julio Hernandez?
9th June 2008
Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) student Julio Hernandez was beaten by two Seattle police and three campus security guards during class changes on May 28, in front of a crowd of at least 100 people. The school administration has invoked Virginia Tech in defending its decision to involve the police, who claim to have exerted just enough force to subdue a violent student attempting escape.

US inquiries into Iraqi deaths
5th June 2008
The US military has been conducting a number of investigations into incidents of alleged unlawful killings by US forces in Iraq.
The BBC summarises the most important elements of each case.

Amnesty blasts police corruption in Jamaica
30th May 2008
Human rights lobby group Amnesty International, has again castigated Jamaica’s constabulary for hundreds of extrajudicial killings and instances of police abuse.
In its annual report, released Wednesday, Amnesty said police brutality worsened last year, noting that between January and September, there were 203 police killings of mainly young men from the inner city.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

Islamic Human Rights Commission
The Islamic Human Rights Commission was set up in 1997. They are an independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organization based in London, UK.

Women’s Commission for Refugee Women & Children
The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children was founded in 1989 to address the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people.

Amnesty International USA
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide.

Event Listings

‘As the Mother of a Brown Boy’
Review of INQUEST benefit event with Chickenshed Theatre Company

Took place on 5th June 2008
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Race & Class, July 2008
The July 2008 edition of the journal Race & Class leads with Hilary and Steven Rose’s extended argument for an academic boycott of Israel, features Matt Carr’s study of the US assault on Fallujah and Jerry Harris’ analysis of US imperialism after the defeat in Iraq.
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