Monthly Archives: February 2012

Refugee with psychiatric illness bashed by drunken men

A refugee with a psychiatric illness who was granted a protection visa more than a year ago has still not been assisted by government subcontracted settlement service providers to apply for a carer visa to bring a family member over to be with him.

He wandered into a restaurant after 12 midnight because he was hungry and wanted a burger, but didn’t have more than $2 on him, got beaten up by two drunk men and was admitted to hospital. He came into our drop in centre with a bruised and swollen face and broken tooth. It is likely that even if the visa application was lodged this week, it would take another 2 years to bring down his family to help look after him.

Asylum seekers at Scherger detention centre

Two asylum seekers from Scherger detention centre in QLD have to go to court this week without a lawyer and are likely to lose their case because of this.

Immigration detention is supposed to be for “administrative purposes”-does this mean “doing everything unfair to slow down or stop the visa process”? There are only about 20 computers in Curtin detention centre, in a remote desert, 2700 km from perth and very few phones that work, so how do people get legal help or do research for their cases?

To fax a document from Scherger Immigration detention centre located in the remote mining town in Wiepa Queensland, a request has to be made a day in advance. Lawyers who have gone to Curtin have said it is difficult to locate their clients. When a detainee is transferred to another detention centre, DIAC does not inform close family, friends or legal representatives.

Lawyers who have gone to Curtin have said it is difficult to locate their clients. When a detainee is transferred to another detention centre, DIAC does not inform close family, friends or legal representatives.

Even in Maribyrnong IDC and Melbourne Transit accomodation, audio recordings of immigration interviews on CDs cannot be listend to because there are no CD drives on the computers or CD players for people to listen to the recordings in privacy.

ALERT from Curtin IDC

Asylum seeker (wife and two preschool aged children living in conflict zone) detained 1 year and 11 months, attempted to hang himself on Friday. He has been discharged from hospital today and back taken back to Curtin. He slept in a tent for 9 months when he was in Christmas Island IDC. The RISE Advocacy team and his psychologist had already registered their concerns to DIAC about his mental health months ago.