A spokeswoman for the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee, Hannah McGlade, said they were marching to remember the more than 355 Aboriginal people who have died in custody since the Royal Commission handed down its report.
The group marched from the Supreme Court Garden along the city streets to the Perth Magistrates Court where they conducted a 'Die-in'.
Ms McGlade said the die-in was to represent the lives that have been lost. 'These are real people who had lives ahead of them,' she said. 'Ms Dhu was a young woman, she simply needed medical attention and she cried out for that. She was treated in the most inhumane manner.'
Nigel Scullion, Indigenous Affairs minister, said that on the anniversary it was 'important to acknowledge the progress that has occurred to reduce Indigenous deaths in custody' but human rights groups quickly reacted to this statement.
Amnesty International said the Minister's statement failed to recognise the increasing Indigenous imprisonment rate, and the organisation maintains there had been 'no overall drop in the reported number of Indigenous deaths in custody'.
Indigenous peoples' rights campaigner for Amnesty International, Julian Cleary, argued the Minister was wrong to characterise that as 'success' and he was 'disguising' the true situation.
The Coroner will hand down her findings and recommendations in the Dhu inquest later this year.
STEVEN CASTAN is a WA-based barrister and nationally-accredited mediator.