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INQUEST supports UFFC petition demanding deaths in custody inquiry

18 January 2012

INQUEST supports The United Families and Friends Campaign e-petition to the government calling for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody.

The petition text reads:

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) calls for an independent judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in custody.

UFFC is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who died in psychiatric and immigration detention. It also has members and supporters from campaign groups and advocacy organisations from across the UK.

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody report published in 2011 states: in total, there were 5,998 deaths recorded for the 11 years from 2000 to 2010. This is an average of 545 deaths per year.  Despite the fact there have been 11 unlawful killing verdicts since 1990 there has never been a successful prosecution.

Find out more about the petition and the UFFC’s demands here; and click the button on the right to sign the petition online on the government’s website.

 

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