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:
- Inga Ting, ‘Deaths in custody list ignores asylum seekers, says study’ Sydney Morning Herald, 21 September 2013.
- Deb Anderson, ‘How many asylum seekers have died trying to reach Australia?’ The Age, November 2, 2012.
- ‘Connect Asia’ with Liam Cochrane, ‘Call to keep count of asylum seeker deaths’, ABC Radio Australia, October 23, 2012.
- Peter Lloyd, ‘Call to keep count of asylum seeker deaths’ 7 News, October 23, 2012.
- Radio New Zealand ‘Asylum seeker deaths estimated at 1000′ October 23, 2012.
- ‘PM’ with Mark Colvin, ‘Almost 1000 asylum seekers lost at sea in 12 years’, ABC Radio, October 22, 2012.
- Peter Mickelborough, ‘Almost 1000 people have died trying to enter Australia, study finds, including 27 in detention centres’, The Australian, October 22, 2012.
- Peter Mickelborough, ‘Almost 1000 people have died trying to enter Australia, study finds, including 27 in detention centres’, The Herald Sun, October 22, 2012.
- ‘Deaths on the Border Need to Be Counted‘, Monash University Media, October 22, 2012.