Call for National Black Arm Band Day for Justice

Posted on November 6, 2008

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The Townsville Indigenous Human Rights Group call on all people to support the fight for Justice of Australia’s first people by wearing a black arm band wherever you are this Friday 7 November.

On Friday 7 November, Aboriginal Resistance leader Lex Wotton will be sentenced for inciting a riot on Palm Island following the death in police custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. We call for community support to wear a black arm band which will be symbolic of all Black Deaths in Custody and the on-going injustice for Indigenous Australians.

Chairperson of the Indigenous Human Rights Group, Gracelyn Smallwood said “As Australia’s first people we call on your support and we look to the future in establishing a National Black Arm Band Day for Justice on 14 November which will mark the death of our brother Mulrunji Doomadgee; all Black Deaths in Custody and the fight for justice for our people.”

We call on the Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd to make accountable the Australian governments to implement all of the Recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody; the Stolen Generation Report; the National Aboriginal Health Report and the recent Coroners Report for the Doomadgee Case.

To date, the Australian governments have failed our people by not following through and ensuring these recommendations are implemented when there have been numerous calls to. We have asked that the government put in place a process that is transparent and accountable to the community. Unless this happens, the number of deaths in custody will continue to rise as well as the rates of suicide and ongoing health issues escalate.

The whole world is watching and unless the Government intervene to put into place some real strategies to facilitate the process, justice for Australia’s first people will be seen once again as an empty vessel.

Further Information:

Gracelyn Smallwood, Chairperson TIHG, Ph: 0420653772

Media contact: Florence Onus TIHG, Ph: 0432089377

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