Policy and Campaigns
INQUEST conducts campaigns, policy work and research on issues relating to deaths in custody. We aim to raise public awareness, improve the investigation processes following contentious deaths and increase accountability of state officials in order to prevent future avoidable deaths.
Through our casework over more than 30 years, INQUEST has gained a unique overview of how the inquest system operates from the perspective of bereaved families and their advisers. We identify policy issues arising from contentious deaths and their investigation and campaign with and on behalf of bereaved families for changes in practice to prevent future deaths.
‘The decision to publish the Cass report is an extraordinary victory for INQUEST… Belatedly, it lifts another layer of camouflage from the secrets, lies and impunity that prevail in large sections of the British state and make such terrible events not merely possible but more likely…What INQUEST, Celia Stubbs and countless others around the world – say, the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Disappeared in Argentina – keep reminding us is not just that the instincts of the powerful are wrong, but that they can also be defeated, however long it may take.’
– David Ransom, friend of Blair Peach and former editor of New Internationalist magazine