14 Apr '11, 1pm

'I don't know what to call it other than a disgrace. 20 years on & Aboriginal people are still dying in jails': Amnesty

SYDNEY - HUMAN rights advocates attacked the Australian government on Thursday over the disproportionate number of Aborigines in the nation's jails 20 years after a landmark inquiry into prison deaths. Amnesty International expressed 'outrage' at the fact that Aborigines - Australia's original inhabitants and its most impoverished minority - were 14 times more likely to be jailed than non-indigenous people. Too little had been done in the 20 years since a Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody recommended sweeping reforms to improve the plight of the nation's first people, Amnesty said. 'I don't know what to call it other than a disgrace. Twenty years on and Aboriginal people are still dying in jails,' said Rodney Dillon, Amnesty indigenous rights campaigner. 'After all this time we are still waiting for the political determination that will ultimately save liv...

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