Ethiopian government lies on deathly prison fire

This video from the USA says about itself:

Huge protest in Washington DC against the Ethiopian regime

9 August 2016

Ethiopians in the United States staged a huge protest in the capital Washington DC. Protesters denounced the killing of peaceful protesters in Ethiopia by the regime forces and they extend unwavering solidarity to the Ethiopian people’s struggle for freedom.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Ethiopian government covered up extent of prison fire

Today, 20:51

A fire at a prison in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa was much more serious than the government at first wanted people to believe. There are 23 dead, and not one, as the government reported on Saturday.

The Kilinto prison is located in a suburb of the capital and also imprisons members of the opposition and journalists. The circumstances in which the fire broke out are unclear. The government says it has started an investigation.

A statement that was issued today states that 21 prisoners died from suffocation or that they were overrun. Two others were killed when they tried to escape, the government says. …

The government is accused of murder and mistreatment of opponents. Voices of Oromo and Amhara people, who constitute a majority of the population but feel disadvantaged, are heard more and more loudly.

Australians protest against prison child abuse

This video says about itself:

AUSTRALIA’S SHAME: The brutalisation of children behind bars | Four Corners

Monday 25 July 2016 – It almost defies belief but right here in Australia there is a prison system that locks up 10 year olds and places children as young as thirteen in solitary confinement.

“This is barbarism, this is inhumane, this is child abuse.” Lawyer

Children have been confined to an isolation wing with no access to sunlight or running water.

“Those cells were ghoulish, they were something medieval.” Lawyer

Some held for weeks on end, deprived of basic necessities.

“We all sort of looked at each other in shock… there were signs of life in there but we didn’t know who was in there or what was happening, or how long they’d been there.” Lawyer

Deprived of hope.

“What’s going on with children in detention here is a deliberate, punitive, cruel policy.” Lawyer

On Monday night Four Corners reveals the shocking truth about the treatment of children behind bars, where young offenders have been stripped naked, assaulted and tear gassed.

“They had absolutely nowhere to run…Those children were afraid for their lives.” Children’s Advocate

Held by a system that seems bent on breaking children instead of reforming them.

“If I treated my children like that, the authorities would take my children from me quite properly because I would be behaving cruelly to them.” Lawyer

This confronting investigation will send shock waves around Australia.

Australia’s Shame, reported by Caro Meldrum-Hanna and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 25th July at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 26th July at 10.00am and Wednesday 27th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm AEST, ABC iview and at

Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

This video says about itself:

UN Human Rights High Commission Condemns Australia Youth Prison Abuse

30 July 2016

Demonstrators gather outside Sydney’s Town Hall to protest against alleged child abuse. (Reuters)

USA: The end of boot camp prisons (yes, those are a thing).

Black Panther freed from United States solitary confinement at last

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rattling the Bars: The Exoneration of a Black Panther (1/2)

13 July 2016

Eddie Conway talks to the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz about the release of her father.

Since Sandra Bland, over 810 deaths in United States jails

Sandra Bland, photo by Ashley Anderson

From The Huffington Post in the USA:

HuffPost Highline Special Report: 810 People Have Died In Jail Since Sandra Bland

One year since Sandra Bland: We built a database of jail deaths because the government wouldn’t.

Sandra Bland Died One Year Ago Today

And since then, at least 810 people have lost their lives in jail.

Story by Dana Liebelson & Ryan J. Reilly

July 13, 2016

Over the past year, there have been so many stories of violence and injustice in America, and even the most well-known deserve to be revisited. This is one: Last July, Sandra Bland was pulled over by a Texas state trooper for, he said, failing to signal when she changed lanes. After the 28-year-old questioned his instruction to put out her cigarette and refused to get out of the car, the trooper arrested her for assault of an officer. Bland didn’t have enough money for the $500 bail bondsman’s fee, and so she was held in jail. Within 65 hours of her arrest, she was dead. …

What made Bland’s death so shocking—the reason that millions of people watched the dash-cam footage of her arrest or closely examined her mugshot—was the mystery at its heart. What had really happened inside the Waller County jail? …

Deaths inside American jails frequently go unnoticed, sometimes even unrecorded. Unlike prisons, jails hold people for only short periods—about 21 days on average—and many of their inmates have not been convicted of a crime. Additionally, jails typically aren’t required to release public information about people who die within their walls. The federal government publishes only generalized data years after deaths occur, making it nearly impossible to identify the most dangerous facilities. So we attempted to fill the gap.

Huffington Post reporters collected the names of people who have died in jail since the day of Bland’s death: July 13, 2015. We scoured news reports and press releases, gathered official records, searched court dockets, filed public records requests, and contacted more than 100 agencies. When news stories omitted details such as the date of arrest or official cause of death, our reporters tried to obtain that information, either directly from the jail or from the office of the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. Not every agency that we contacted responded, and our database remains incomplete. It will be updated as we receive outstanding record requests and information from the public.

We found evidence of 811 fatalities—an average of more than two per day. (By way of comparison, 178 unarmed people were killed by police during the same period, according to The Guardian.) And like so much else in this realm, the burden is not borne equally. Black people are more likely to die in jail because they are more likely to be arrested than any other racial group, for reasons that have as much to do with double standards in the justice system and historic oppression as they do with crime. African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population and, on average, 32 percent of people who died in jail between 2000 and 2013, according to federal data.

Click here to see our database of jail fatalities.

How many people are dying in jail? This question came up for Dana Liebelson and Ryan G. Reilly, Huffington Post reporters who cover civil rights and criminal justice, after Sandra Bland took her life in jail last summer. It’s a simple question, but almost impossible to answer for a number of reasons. No public entity requires jails to release information about who dies in their custody, and the federal government only publishes general data, often years after incidents happen, making it all but impossible to identify which facilities are dangerous. But that didn’t stop Liebelson and Reilly from digging in. Who else was dying in jail? How many and why? Read more here.

Black GOP Senator Talks About Being Pulled Over By Police 7 Times In One Year: here.

According to statistics made available by the University of Texas at Austin, nearly 7,000 people have died in police custody or in prison in Texas since 2005. The information is contained in an online database published by the school’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA): here.

Protests have taken place in Liverpool, England, following the death of 18-year-old Mzee Mohammed. The teenager died July 13 after being detained by police: here.

Inhabitants of Beaumont-sur-Oise, near Paris, clashed with security forces on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, amid rising anger over the death of Adama Traoré in police custody on Tuesday: here.

Preschool to prison pipeline in the USA

This video says about itself:

The Preschool to Prison Pipeline

11 June 2016

Black preschoolers in the U.S. are way more likely to be suspended than their white classmates. Institutional racism in 2016.

This report documents how educational opportunities are denied to black and brown children. Schools with high percentages of minority students are less likely to have experienced teachers and high-level math and science courses. Black and Latino students are more likely to have police officers in their schools, which serves to perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline. And even in preschool, black children are significantly more likely to be suspended than their white peers: here.