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National Maangamizi month critical for the self determination of black Briton

26 August 2015

Stop_the_Maangamizi_-_we_charge_genocide_ecocideBy Ruth Dayspring
August has been designated as National Maangamizi Month to raise awareness about the continuum today of the African Holocaust which began with the transatlantic slave trade. A petition has been launched, following a letter that was handed in at 10 Downing street on the day of the 3000 man march on Emancipation Day for African Peoples Reparation, calling for an end to the Maangamizi entitled 'Stop the Maangamizi: We charge Genocide/Ecocide by the British State against African People worldwide.'

 

Mental health nurse jailed for raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable patients

24 August 2015

Vijay_Bundhun_rapist_mental_health_nurse_jailed_for_11_yearsBy Staff writer

Mental health nurse Vijay Bundhun, 42, of Tonford Lane, Canterbury, has been sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to an 11 years prison sentence after being found guilty of four counts of rape and nine of sexual assault against patients including a girl of just 15 years old.

 

Parliamentary report launch on rare blood cancer impacting African Caribbean communities

26 June 2015

Liten_Up_Multiple_Myeloma_in_Black_Communities_-_An_unequal_risk_burdenBy Ruth Dayspring
Despite black people from the UK's African and Caribbean communities having the highest risk of developing a rare form of blood cancer known as Myeloma, there is little accessible information for this community on this condition. Lord Tony Morris hosted a parliamentary reception to launch new report by the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation entitled 'Listen-Up! Multiple Myeloma in Black Communities: An Unequal Risk Burden,' in support of work to raise awareness about this disease.

 

Outstanding human rights concerns over coercion faced by black patients omitted in First 100 Days Plan of mainstream mental health agencies

25 June 2015

Improving_Englands_Mental_Health_The_First_100_Days_and_Beyond_report_cover_May_2015By Zephaniah Samuels
A plan for what the Government should do in the first 100 days of the new parliament to improve the lives of people with mental health problems entitled 'Improving England's Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond' has prioritised five areas for action that does not touch on the over representation of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities detained in the most secure part of the mental health system or the need to address human rights concerns raised by the levels of coercion they face through the use of prone restraint, seclusion and over medication.

 

Family calls for criminal prosecutions as Kingsley Burrell inquest returns a verdict of neglect

15 May 2015

Kingsley_Burrell_Brown_-_Headshot

The family of physically healthy, 29-year-old Kingsley Burrell who had no history of mental illness but died after he was restrained by police while detained under the Mental Health Act at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, have called on the Crown Prosecution Service to review it's decision not to prosecute the 9 mental health staff, four police officers and two ambulance staff involved in this case as an inquest jury has today returned a verdict of neglect.

 

Policing and Criminal Justice Bill will reform mental health legislation

25 August 2015

Policing_and_criminal_justice_bill_-_textThe legislative reforms to the Mental Health Act set out in the Policing and Criminal Justice Bill are not the place that one would expect to find changes that have the potential to improve the way vulnerable people in need of mental health care are treated. While welcome, those in the heart of the community, working on the front line are clear that plans to expand police S135 powers may mean the reality of police being the first point of contact for those in crisis will get worse.

 

Global call for release of innocent 'Angola 3' political prisoner Albert Woodfox

24 August 2015

Free_Albert_Woodfox_-_political_prisoner_43_years_in_solitary_confinementBy Staff writer

A global call for the release of "Angola 3" political prisoner Albert Woodfox from the notorious US Louisiana state penitentiary where he's been held in solitary confinement for 43 years comes as the prison continues to flout orders of a District Judge for his unconditional release and calls by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for the immediate end the solitary confinement of the 63 year old.

 

BMH UK director to chair Capita half day briefing on safer detention of people with a mental health condition

26 June 2015

Capita_conf_Providing_safer_detention_for_people_with_a_mental_health_condition._jpgBy Staff writer
A half day briefing organised by Capita Conferences on improving the safety of people with a mental health condition detained in custody, aimed at health and police professionals will focus on the progress of street triage and the recent review of police powers under the Mental Health Act. Chaired by BMH UK's director Matilda MacAttram this half day briefing, to be held in central London today, aims to share transferable lessons in multi-agency partnership working in supporting vulnerable detainees.

 

Race equality concerns over unemployed being 'coerced' into undertaking psychological interventions

23 June 2015

Job_Centre_PlusBy Ruth Dayspring
With unemployment rates among the UK's African Caribbean communities at a disturbing 18.3% compared to the national average 5.6%, a new report suggesting that people claiming benefits are being coerced into undertaking psychological interventions has raised concerns among human rights and race equality experts. This following news that IAPT therapist will be in over 350 job centres by the end of the summer.

 

New Global Afrikan People's Parliament launched

30 April 2015

GAP_-_Global_AFrikan_Peoples_Parliament_logoBy Zephaniah Samuels
A new forum for empowerment of people in the Diaspora entitled the Global Afrikan People's Parliament (GAPP) has been launched to coincide the commencement of the United Nations Decade on People of African Descent. Championing a unique approach to realising the self-determination of black people, they are seeking to represent the voices of the Afrikan Heritage Community within the UK and beyond.

 

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