121001 – STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe

Contents:
* STICS’s response to Coroner’s report about the
Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe
* Done By Law: No justice:
The Coroner’s findings into Kwementyaye Briscoe’s death
* First Nations sovereignty movement asks UN to deny
Australia a seat on the Security Council
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Living Black: How has Australia faired in upholding
the UN’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People?
* The Wire: Calls for Indigenous Language in Early Education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* Rachel Siewert: Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill

* STICS’S RESPONSE TO CORONER’S REPORT ABOUT THE
DEATH IN CUSTODY OF KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE:

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention: Racist laws breed racist actions
Press release from STICS in response to Coroner’s report
about the Death in Custody of Kwementyaye Briscoe
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/racist-laws-breed-racist-actions-27-9-12
27 Sep 12: “Paddy Gibson from the Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney said: “Racist laws breed racist actions.
Stronger Futures is a brutal piece of legislation that will
exacerbate the deep social crises in NT Aboriginal
communities…”
Kwementyaye Briscoe died alone in a cell in the Alice
Springs Watch House. He was a victim of the Intervention
and racism. The intervention has removed hope from the
communities and encouraging youth and young adults to move
into Alice Springs. There are no jobs, but there is alcohol
to while away the time. …
When will someone be charged with assault or manslaughter
over the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe? The Northern
Territory coroner has found the death of an Aboriginal
man in custody was due to a lack of care by police and
could have been prevented. The coroner said, “The care
provided by police was completely inadequate…” …
Hilary Tyler, a friend of the family who attended the
coronial enquiry, agrees, stating that “The recommendations
are a farce, and do not address the systemic issues. The NT
Police needs to take ownership of this, and Constable Evans
should lose his job.” … ”

See:

WGAR News: “Coronial report highlights systemic flaws”
ANTaR & National Police Accountability Network (21 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/21/wgar-news-coronial-report-highlights-systemic-flaws

WGAR News: Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews
Gerry Georgatos on Deaths in Custudy (27 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/26/wgar-news-lets-talks-tiga-bayles-interviews-gerry-georgatos-on-deaths-in-custudy

Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* DONE BY LAW:
NO JUSTICE:
THE CORONER’S FINDINGS INTO KWEMENTYAYE BRISCOE’S DEATH

– Audio Interview

Done By Law:
No justice: The Coroner’s findings into Kwementyaye Briscoe’s
death in the Alice Springs Watch House
Interview with Emma Russell
http://www.donebylaw.org/2012/09/25/no-justice-the-coroners-findings-into-kwementyaye-briscoes-death-in-the-alice-springs-watch-house/

http://www.3cr.org.au/donebylaw
25 Sep 12: “On 4 January 2012 Kwementyaye Danial Briscoe, a
27 year of Indigenous man, died in a cell of the Alice
Springs Watch House. He was being detained pursuant to
s 128 of the Police Administration Act because he was
thought to be so intoxicated that he fulfilled the criteria
for what is known as ‘protective custody’. He had committed
no crime. On 17 September 2012 Coroner Cavanagh handed down
his findings into the death in custody. … ”

* FIRST NATIONS SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT ASKS UN TO
DENY AUSTRALIA A SEAT ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL:

– Letters

Sovereign Union:
First Nations sovereignty movement asks UN to
deny Australia a seat on the Security Council
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/first-nations-sovereignty-movement-asks-un-deny-australia-seat-security-council
“Sovereign Union – First Nations Interim National Unity
Government movement is asking the United Nations to deny
Australia the seat on the Security Council it is seeking.
The Sovereign Union objections include; Australia is a
colonial power which is not founded on a secure position of
statehood, it is in breach of UN Conventions and still has
no effective law against genocide.
Here are copies of the letters sent to
all the ambassadors to the United Nations,
the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon and
Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 27 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* LIVING BLACK:
HOW HAS AUSTRALIA FAIRED IN UPHOLDING
THE UN’S DECLARATION ON RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?

– Audio

Living Black: A Declaration of Rights
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/234893/t/A-Declaration-of-Rights/in/english
28 Sep 12: “How has Australia faired in upholding the
United Nation’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People?
… The United Nation’s Declaration on Rights of Indigenous
People has turned five. The declaration sets out guiding
principles for self-determination, free, prior and informed
consent, good faith, the right to participate in decisions,
promotion and protection of culture, just to name a few.
But how has Australia faired when it comes to implemented
all the articles of this global declaration? Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Mick Gooda says the government has implemented most of them
though it still has a long way to go. … Mr Gooda says the
current level of engagement and commitment to the
declaration needs to be drastically improved.”

* THE WIRE: CALLS FOR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE IN EARLY EDUCATION

– Audio

The Wire: Calls for Indigenous Language in Early Education
Produced by Adam Jeffrey
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9667
28 Sep 12: “The results of a parliamentary report on
language learning in Indigenous communities has prompted
calls for the inclusion of indigenous languages in early
education within indigenous communities. The report from
the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Affairs argues for greater recognition and
resourcing of indigenous languages and requests action be
taken to stall the high rate of native languages being
forgotten in Australia. The report findings have also lead
to calls for a higher focus on indigenous language in
early education. …
Featured in story:
* Dr Charles Grimes – Linguistics Consultant,
Australian Society for Indigenous Languages
* Ken Langford-Smith – Principal, Ypirinya School”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 1 October 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* RACHEL SIEWERT: GREEN TO CONTINUE WITH OPAL FUEL BILL

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert: Green to continue with Opal Fuel Bill
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/green-continue-opal-fuel-bill
26 Sep 12: “The Australian Greens will use the findings of
a Senate Inquiry to improve their proposed legislation to
help the rollout of low aromatic fuel in areas affected by
petrol sniffing.
The Community Affairs Legislation Committee today handed
down its report into the Australian Greens’ Low Aromatic
Fuel Bill 2012.
Senator Rachel Siewert, who introduced the Bill into the
Senate, says the legislation is strongly supported by
communities and organisations working to eliminate petrol
sniffing.
“There is overwhelming support for legislation to give
the Minister the power to mandate low aromatic fuel.
Organisations in Central Australia, health and drug
services and individuals from affected communities have
all voiced their support for this legislation,”
Senator Siewert said today. … ”

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