In The News (Issue No5)


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Tribute to Tube shooting victim
22nd July 2008

Family and friends of Jean Charles de Menezes have held a vigil to mark three years since he was shot dead by police in the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings. At 10.03am, the exact time of the fatal shooting in 2005, a minute’s silence was held at Stockwell Tube station in London where the incident took place. It was followed by short speeches by two of Mr de Menezes’ cousins, who addressed a crowd of friends, relatives, campaigners and other well-wishers in front of the permanent shrine to the Brazilian electrician outside the station.

Cousin Alex Pereira said the family hoped to finally get justice for Mr de Menezes at his inquest, which is due to start in September. “At the inquest we will be able to ask questions and find out the truth,” he said. “(The police) have to explain why they lied and everyone will see that a crime was committed here. Whoever did this should be punished for it. We feel we have to come back and fight but sometimes it’s difficult for us.”

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Vigil for tragic de Menezes
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Tribute to tube shooting victim

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Burning Clouds – Jean Charles de Menezes Live Acoustic
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UK News

Inmates ‘sleeping in toilet area’
22nd July 2008
Some inmates are living and sleeping in toilets because of jail overcrowding, a report says. HM Inspectorate of Prisons found Doncaster jail’s two-man cells had been turned into three-man cells by putting an extra bed in the toilet area.

Police cell death prompts inquiry
16th July 2008
An investigation is under way after a woman died in a Bradford police cell.
Sharon Batey, 41, was arrested on alcohol-related matters on Monday, 7 July and taken to Bradford custody office where she was put into a cell.

Police death probe: findings ‘next week’
11th July 2008
Initial findings of a probe into the police search of a man who later died will be published next week. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the investigation into the death of Habib Ullah was “progressing well”.

World News

RCMP Commissioner shows how much impartiality there is in an RCMP investigation
17th July 2008
If ever there was a reason to not have police investigating police it comes in the wake of the freedom of access of information in the Robert Dziekanski Tazer death at Vancouver airport.

Guantanamo Interrogation Revealed
16th July 2008
The Canadian accused of killing a US soldier in Afghanistan, is the youngest detainee in the “war on terror”. A tearful Omar Khadr, now aged 21, is shown apparently being questioned by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents in 2003 at the US-run prison in Cuba.

Revealed: How Guantanamo pushes inmates to the edge
16th July 2008
An unprecedented glimpse into the harsh conditions at Guantanamo Bay has emerged via a grainy video of a weeping Canadian teenager undergoing interrogation after he had been tortured by sleep deprivation for three weeks.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

Witness Against Torture
At its inception, Witness Against Torture was a group of friends who– as Americans and Catholics– walked to Guantanamo to visit the prisoners, to perform a work of mercy, to respond to the victims of the war on terrorism.

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, who began his career in 1958 in his homeland, Australia, before moving to London in the 1960s.

One Society Many Cultures (from NAAR)
NAAR’s campaign ‘One Society Many Cultures’ now has a new home on the web, with support from the public sector union UNISON.

Event Listings

Human rights violations in Chechnya
The Law Society is holding a seminar entitled ‘Human rights violations in Chechnya’, it is due to take place at the Law Society on Wednesday 30th July 2008 from 6pm – 8pm.
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Death by Tazer
Police Accused of Cover-Up in Death of African American Man Shocked Nine Times While in Handcuffs.

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