PIAC extends sincere condolences to the family and friends of prominent human rights campaigner, Ray Jackson, who died on 23 April.
Ray Jackson was a proud Wiradjuri man who campaigned over more than 30 years for prisoners’ rights, especially in relation to Aboriginal deaths in custody, initially as part of the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, and later through the organisation he founded, the Indigenous Social Justice Association. The French Government awarded him an ISJA Human Rights Medal, one of its highest awards in this field, in 2013.
‘PIAC acknowledges Ray Jackson’s substantial work in holding to account our police and justice systems in relation to Aboriginal deaths in custody,’ said PIAC’s CEO, Edward Santow.
‘We also recognise his tireless advocacy for social justice generally spanning many issues and three decades. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.’
A memorial for Ray Jackson will be held today at the Redfern Community Centre.