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INQUEST advisor Professor Phil Scraton discusses Hillsborough at Institute of Race Relations meeting
28 November 2013
INQUEST attended a sold out meeting organised by the Institute of Race Relations' journal Race and Class. Professor Phil Scraton discussed the Hillsborough disaster and powerfully outlined his battle for acknowledgement of the truth of that day, and for accountability and justice. The meeting was also addressed by Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg who died in police custody in Brixton in 2008, Janet Alder, whose brother Christopher died in police custody in Hull in 1998, and Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, who lost her 18 year old son James in the disaster. All spoke movingly about their struggles for truth and justice.
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards