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BMH UK Westminster round table on mass incarceration of black Britons

03 March 2015

BMH_UK_Harris_Review_meeting_19-1-15_no_2_589x331By Zephaniah Samuels
A BMH UK community meeting on the Harris Review into 'self-inflicted' deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds has been hosted by Lord Harris in Westminster: Discussions with professionals from the community working across the criminal justice system, health practitioners, front line workers, family members and those with firsthand experience of this system has informed a report BMH UK has submitted to this review.

 

BMH UK host round table on EHRC deaths in custody inquiry

18 December 2014

BMH_UK_ADDI_RT__FINAL_18-12-14By Zephaniah Samuels
Human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK is hosting a roundtable on the Equality and Human Rights Comission's inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health problems in detained setting this week, where health professionals, academics, front line workers and those who use the services from the community will be able to contribute to this work.

 

United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent launched on Human Rights Day

10 December 2014

UN_HQ_New_York_2By Ruth Dayspring
Black Mental Health UK's director Matilda MacAttram is among the delegates from across the Diaspora attending the official launch of the international Decade for People of African Descent at the UN Headquarters in New York presided over by H.E. Sam K. Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the General Assembly on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014.

 

NUS black students’ winter conference includes focus on work of BMH UK

29 November 2014

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By Staff Writer
This year's NUS black student's conference, in central London, will see people from universities across the country get together for two days to learn new skills on organising successful clubs, societies, running anti-racist events and progressive campaigns back on their own campuses and will hear from a diverse mix of speakers including BMH UK's directors Matilda MacAttram.

 

Concern as two African elders go missing in one week

27 November 2014

elder_holding_stickBy Zephaniah Samuels

There is increasing concern over reports of two south London elders from the community who have both gone missing in the same week. Police are making appeals for help in locating 75-year-old Ayodele Godwin from Lewisham and 76-year-old Mersadis Lallite, both of whom have not been seen since Tuesday.

 

House of Lords community pre-election meeting prioritises concerns of the Diaspora

03 March 2015

House_of_parliament_2By Staff writer

A pre-election community round table looking at the issues of social justice, human rights and mental health care and the UK's African Caribbean Black British Diaspora is set to take place at the House of Lords this month, organised by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK).

 

Police are racist and corrupt posters appear across London

17 December 2014

Black_people_are_stoped_and_searched_more_because_the_police_are_racistBy Ruth Dayspring
A series of 'counter-propaganda' posters appearing to show the Metropolitan police admitting to being racist and corrupt have been posted across London with messaging stating that they 'caused the riots of 2011 by shooting an unarmed man,' and that 'you are 28 times more likely to be stopped in London if you don't have white skin, because we're still really racist.'

 

UK annual report looking at human rights protection against torture published

10 December 2014

NPM_-_National_Preventative_Mechanism_Report_cover__No_5_2013-14_Dec_2014By Zephaniah Samuels
With people from the UK's African Caribbean communities accounting for some of the most vulnerable people who continuing to be disproportionately over represented in all custodial and detained settings the 5th Annual Report of the UK's National Preventive Mechanism, for 2013-14, which monitors the treatment of those in mental health hospitals, police custody, prisons is of particular importance to black Briton.

 

Campaign forces police to withdraw caution given to Downs Syndrome boy

28 November 2014

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By Ruth Dayspring
The family of Victor Olisa, a 19-year-old Downs Sydrome boy who was arrested, handcuffed and held in a police cell for nine terrifying hours after trying to go to school on a Bank Holiday to collect his favourite basketball cap he'd had left in the classroom have been informed by the IPCC that the caution against him has been removed.

 

Inquest hearing learns of how death in custody victim's head was wrapped in a sheet

27 November 2014

KingsleyBy Staff writer
A jury at the Kingsley Burrell preliminary inquest hearing held at Newton Street Coroners court in Birmingham this week, heard how the father-of-two had his head wrapped in a sheet before his death, after being restrained by police  while detained under the Mental Health Act at the Mary Seacole House ward run by Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust  in March 2011.

 

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