BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody

Akala Supports Families
Akala Supports Families @ UFFC Conference London 2018 – Image credit Natasha Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 17 February 2021

Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.

The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody, formed in 1997, is so far the largest recipient of Black Lives Matter UK’s initial round of funding.

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Risk factors for suicide in prisons: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Hands behind jail bars

source: The Lancet
published: 9 February 2021

Rates of suicide among people in prison are elevated compared with people of similar age and sex who are living in the community. Improving assessments and interventions to reduce suicide risk requires updated evidence on risk factors. We aimed to examine risk factors associated with suicide in prisoners.

Methods
We did an updated systematic review and meta-analysis of risk factors for suicide among people in prison. We searched five biblographic databases for articles published between Jan 1, 2006, and Aug 13, 2020, and one database for articles published between Jan 1, 1973, and Aug 13, 2020.

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Black Lives Matter Movement nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Bereaved Families Speak Outsource: Pedestrian News
published: 30 January 2021

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for mobilising a world-wide fight against racial injustice.

Norwegian politician Petter Eide nominated the BLM movement and in his nomination papers wrote that not only has it been important for African-Americans, but has been important in “raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”

“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Eide said.

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