Family of Brian Sinclair, ignored to death for 34 hours in a Manitoba hospital, reports human rights violations to United Nations

    WINNIPEG, June 11 /CNW/ - Today, the Sinclair family has communicated its
concerns about official violations of the late Brian Sinclair's human rights,
and the ongoing marginalization and exclusion of the Sinclair family in the
context of an upcoming inquest, to four human rights Special Rapporteurs of
the United Nations in Geneva. (The Communications to the UN human rights
officers can be downloaded at
    The Government of Manitoba is excluding the Sinclair Family's full
participation in the upcoming inquest. Government parties will be fully
represented by teams of well-paid lawyers for the duration of the inquest. But
the government insists the Sinclairs accept discriminatorily inferior and
inadequate funding. This may prevent them from participating at all.
    "The marginalization and discrimination that likely caused Brian
Sinclair's death is continuing," said Robert Sinclair, a spokesperson for the
Family. "We believe this is unjust and will prevent the inquest from being
fair and proper."
    In September 2008, Brian Sinclair, a homeless, disabled, Aboriginal,
vulnerable man, sought urgent care at a Winnipeg, Manitoba hospital emergency
department. He was told to wait in the waiting room. For 34 hours, he was
neglected and ignored, and given no food, water, or medical attention. As a
result, he died.

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