What The Law Saw: Repertoires of Violence and Regimes of Impunity

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Published by Researchers against Pacific Black Sites is an essay about deaths in custody.

This essay is an immediate response to two recent events, the release of the findings into the death in custody of Ms Dhu in the week before Christmas 2016, and the death in custody of Manus Island refugee, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, on Christmas Eve. As in the case of other deaths in the custody of the state, these were not sudden and unforeseeable events, but the outcome of a range of violent practices—denial, delay, accusations of malingering, verbal and physical abuse, misdiagnosis, non-diagnosis, active neglect—by the state and its agents, including its healthcare practitioners. In these instances, a store of visual as well as other documentary evidence bears witness to the repertoires of gestural violence enacted on racialised bodies. Yet how does this evidence become visible in and to law? (Read more)

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