Thousands of Australians will march to protest Indigenous deaths in custody, ahead of the 30th anniversary of a landmark royal commission report.
The nationwide protests on Saturday also follow the deaths of five Aboriginal people in custody since March this year.
Gomeroi, Dunghutti and Biripi woman and protest organiser Tameeka Tighe says every time she hears of another death she worries it's someone close to her.
"It makes me wonder if it's my brother, it makes me wonder what my connection is to that person and it makes me wonder how many more until this government takes it seriously," she told AAP.
"Do we have to see another 30 years and another 400 deaths? What is that we need to be an emergency?"
More than 470 Indigenous people have died in custody since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody published its final report on April 15, 1991.
Since March 2 this year, a man in his 30s died in a NSW prison hospital, a 44-year-old woman died in a NSW prison, a man died in a Victorian prison, 37-year-old Barkindji man Anzac Sullivan died during a police pursuit in Broken Hill, and a 45-year-old man inmate died in a Perth hospital.
Just under one-third of the nation's prison population is Indigenous, despite Indigenous people making up only three per cent of the country's population.
The numbers are even starker for young people, as half of all youth detainees are Indigenous.
The commission investigated 99 deaths - 66 in police custody, 33 in prison custody and three in juvenile detention - and found "glaring deficiencies" in the standard of care given to many of the deceased.
There appeared to be "little appreciation of and less dedication to the duty of care owed by custodial authorities and their officers to persons in custody", the final report said.
But it also found "immediate causes of the deaths do not include foul play, in the sense of unlawful, deliberate killing of Aboriginal prisoners by police and prison officers."
A 2018 review by Deloitte for the federal government found only 64 per cent of the royal commission's 339 recommendations had been fully implemented.
Thirty per cent were partially implemented and six per cent were never implemented.
It also found the rate of Indigenous incarceration had almost doubled since 1991 and that monitoring of deaths in custody had fallen.
Ms Tighe said it was "not enough" to just demand the implementation of the recommendations.
"To me, they seem quite worthless," she said.
"Even with the recommendations, our loved ones are still being taken at rates much higher than anyone else in the world within the prison system."
She called for both state and federal government to take responsibility and accountability for deaths in custody, and to provide transparency when deaths happen and on numbers.
Protests will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Lismore and Rockhampton. A Perth rally will go ahead on Thursday.
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