NAIDOC flag raising and awards ceremony at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre in Hervey Bay - the Aboriginal flag. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
NAIDOC flag raising and awards ceremony at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre in Hervey Bay - the Aboriginal flag. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Amnesty international slams deaths in custody

AMNESTY International has accused the Federal Government of "glossing over" its failure to reduce indigenous deaths in custody and Aboriginal incarceration rates.

Amnesty spoke after Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said it was "important to acknowledge the progress" made.

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

"One in five people who die in custody are indigenous. It is a disaster in a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are less than 3% of our population," Amnesty's Julian Cleary said.

Nine indigenous people died in custody in the 2012-13 financial year, the same as in 1991. Indigenous children are 24 times as likely to be locked up.



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