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    And a warning – this story contains images and voices of people who have died, and you may find some of the details distressing.

    This week marks 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. At the time, the royal commission made more than 330 recommendations and, since then, the government says most have been implemented.

    But according to the national Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander legal service, most were not implemented in a meaningful way, and that inaction has come at the cost of lives. In the three decades since the report was released, nearly 500 Indigenous people have died in custody, including five since March alone.

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    In This Story: Torres Strait Islander

    Torres Strait Islanders are the Indigenous peoples of the Torres Strait Islands, which are part of the state of Queensland, Australia. Ethnically distinct from the Aboriginal people of the rest of Australia, they are often grouped with them as Indigenous Australians. Today there are many more Torres Strait Islander people living in mainland Australia (nearly 28,000) than on the Islands (about 4,500).

    There are five distinct peoples within broader designation of Torres Strait Islander people, based partly on geographical and cultural divisions. There are two main Indigenous language groups, Kalaw Lagaw Ya and Meriam Mir, and Torres Strait Creole is also widely spoken, as a language of trade and commerce. The core of Island culture is Papuo-Austronesian, and the people traditionally a seafaring nation. There is a strong artistic culture, particularly in sculpture, printmaking and mask-making.

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