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INQUEST’s statement of support for the Women’s March on London (21st Jan 2017)
INQUEST sees the daily impact of societal inequality, discrimination and injustice in our work on deaths of women who have died in custody, mental health and immigration detention. Protecting human rights and challenging the impact of racism and discrimination on the treatment of those in contact with the state sits at the heart of INQUEST’s work.
We reject the corrosive and dangerous politics of fear and division and the attempt by any politician to use discrimination as a tool to degrade, demean or scapegoat for political gain. We will be marching in solidarity for equality dignity and respect as the only route to a fair and just society.
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah