How photographs can argue for human rights

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Ms. Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland Police Station in August 2014. 

Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia caused by a broken rib, inflicted by her partner some months earlier. She became very ill overnight and died.

The 2015 coronial inquest into her death heard that police officers had believed that Ms. Dhu was “faking.” At the inquest, footage was shown, reportedly revealing that police treated her roughly. Her family has asked that the CCTV footage of Ms. Dhu’s final, agonising hours of life be released. So far, the coroner has refused this request. Read more…

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