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Leading human rights lawyer from the community, Leslie Thomas, takes silk

17 April 2014

Leslie-Thomas_255X338By Staff writer 
Dr Leslie Thomas, lawyer of the year in 2012 and advocate for the families of a number of high profile black death in custody cases including Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney, Sean Rigg and Christopher Alder, has been appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) at a ceremony before the Lord Chancellor.

 

BBC Radio regional broadcasts spotlights at Black Mental Health UK’s international human rights work

06 April 2014

BBC_Local_Radio_logoToday's BBC Radio Sunday evening shows, broadcasting across eight regions of the country, will interview Black Mental Health UK's (BMH UK) director Matilda MacAttram about her attendance at the 14th Session of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGPAD) and her work to get the issue of black deaths in custody and the human rights abuses faced by black people who come in contact with mental health services on this agenda.

 

Government committee announces inquiry into policing and mental health

03 April 2014

HASC_-_inqury_into_policing_and_mental_health_356x302By Zephaniah Samuels
With people from the UK's African Caribbean communities 50% more likely to be referred to mental health services via the police than their white counterparts, often with tragic consequences, the announcement of a new government inquiry into policing and mental health is hoped will help bring about the much needed wholesale transformation in the often lethal treatment of this group.

 

 

Mental health Trust bow to pressure and reveal extent of police deployment at incident on hospital ward

01 April 2014

David_Merry_expose_police_deployment_on_MH_wardBy Staff writer
Just one day after the publication of an expose of a South London mental health provider's attempts to 'cover up a massive deployment of police to a mental health ward', published on a human rights campaigners blog, a full unredacted copy the investigation report has been made public.

 

Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody holds 3rd national conference this week

27 March 2014

Jeremy_Wright_MP_in_HoCBy Zephaniah Samuels
Minister of state for Prisons, Jeremy Wright MP will be the keynote speaker at the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody IAP Stakeholder Event this week, which is of particular importance to the UK's African Caribbean communities who continue to be disproportionately over represented in all detained settings and among those who lose their lives while in the care of the state.

 

Black Women’s Conference 2014 to take place in London today

12 April 2014

Black_Womens_Conf_2014By Staff writer 
The second Black Women's Conference will take place at the Institute of Education in central London this Saturday from 10.00 - 4.00 pm. Free to attend, this event will focus on themes such as the intergenerational Conversation: Black Women's struggles of yesterday and today and the Hijacking of Intersectionality. Academics, activists and artists including Cherrelle Skeete, Dr Victoria Showunmi, Halima Sayed, Matilda MacAttram are among the speakers. 

 

 

Mayor seeks green light from Home Secretary on Water Cannon for London

04 April 2014

Water_Cannon_-_deployment_-By Staff writer
BMH UK have been privy to a letter from Mayor of London Boris Johson to the Home Secretary Theresa May requesting she authorise water cannon amid concerns that a consultation that showed 2,547 respondents were against this controversial move compared to 59 respondent in favour, has been ignored. 

 

Black health professionals call for radical overhaul of prostate cancer screening

02 April 2014

Hear_Me_Now_one_year_on_report_cover_April_2014By Ruth Dayspring
A new report entitled 'Hear Me Now' one year on, set to be launched in parliament today calling for every GP to hold a register of black men over 45, and invite them for prostate cancer tests, is essential for saving lives health professionals from the community point out.

 

BMH UK at 14th Session of the UN Working Group on people of African Descent

31 March 2014

UN_Human_rights_-_office_of_the_high_commissionerBy Staff writer
Black Mental Health UK is attending the 14th session of the UN Working on People of African Descent Session in Geneva, to bring to their attention the urgent need to address the coercive treatment of black people who come in contact with mental health services and concerns over the numbers of physically healthy men who lose their lives in these and other custodial settings.

 

 

Cherry Groce's family launch legal aid petition for mother’s inquest

26 March 2014

Cherry_Groce_1By Ruth Dayspring
The family of Cherry Groce, the mother of six, shot back by Inspector Douglas Lovelock during a raid in her home, which sparked the Brixton riots of 1985 have launched an online petition appealing the decision to refuse them legal aid, which effectively denies them legal representation her inquest.

 

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