UK: Peoples' Tribunal into deaths in custody launched

The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), a coalition of black families and campaigners demanding an end to deaths in police custody, in prisons and in psychiatric wards, has launched a tribunal to investigate the causes of the fatalities. The People's Tribunal into Deaths in Custody will "examine the circumstances leading to deaths in custody and the actions taken by statutory bodies, including the police, the Prison Service, the Police Complaints Authority, the Crown Prosecution Service and National Health Service Mental Health Trusts." The tribunal will be chaired by Ian Macdonald QC and will hold three days of public hearings in London next year. It will call for submissions from bereaved families and organisations which would like to make suggestions to prevent future deaths. The tribunal can be contacted at: People's Tribunal into Deaths in Custody, Tribunal Office, Suite 4, 63 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.