"Crosses" photo by Ray Michalowski

Count border deaths campaign: Still in the news

"Crosses" photo by Ray Michalowski
"Crosses" photo by Ray Michalowski

Photo by Ray Michalowski.

In October 2012 the Border Crossing Observatory launched the Count Border Deaths campaign to raise awareness that people who die in immigration custody, including Australian immigration detention centres,  are not counted in Australia’s death in custody statistics, monitoring or reporting.

In this regard the campaign has been used to encourage the Australian Institute of Criminology to start counting and accounting for these deaths under their National Deaths In Custody Monitoring Program (NDICMP). In this regard, the Australian Institute of Criminology is the official reporting and monitoring body for deaths in custody in Australia.

The campaign has been receiving plenty of media attention with recent coverage over the weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald. Recent coverage includes: