Remembering Habib Ullah – one year on

Remembering Habib Ullah – one year on


Written by: Saqib Deshmukh

On 3 July 2009 the Justice for Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah campaign held a vigil and public meeting to mark the first anniversary of his death.

The vigil outside High Wycombe police station from 3-7pm was attended by over sixty people, giving the campaign the opportunity to draw public attention to the death.

The highlight came as seventeen balloons were released by children and young people to mark the seventeen deaths in custody that have taken place around the country since last July when Habib died after being restrained by police officers.*

The public meeting was attended by thirty people who heard a statement from the family and speeches from the family solicitor Jules Carey, guest speakers including Marcia Rigg, the sister of Sean Rigg who died in police custody in Brixton in August 2008, who also spoke on behalf of the United Campaign Against Police Violence and Estelle du Boulay from Newham Monitoring Project. Messages of support were sent from 4WardEver, from the local Gurdwara in High Wycombe and Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder who died in police custody in Hull in 1998 and who is still fighting for justice.

Related links

Video from event on YouTube

Video from event on Facebook

Justice for Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah Campaign on Facebook

Justice for Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah family campaign

IRR news story: Family question police role in death of Asian man

United Campaign Against Police Violence (UCAPV)

4WardEver Campaign

*Figures taken from IPCC website. Justice for Habib 'Paps' Ullah Campaign, email: or tel: 07869 360 377

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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