18th August 2014

Medication is confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers!

18th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The email below is from Professor Louise Newman AM, via GetUp. Dear …………., Over the past few months we’ve heard the shameful stories coming out of the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in detention. It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in Fitzroy Town Hall, telling the inquiry how infants were failing to thrive in detention. Some of the children’s first words, when learning English, was “guard”. Not “mum”, not “dad’ – but “guard”. Since then we’ve heard reports from doctors who worked inside the Christmas Island detention centre, that medication is often confiscated from newly arrived asylum seekers. Including the case of a three-year-old girl who suffered from epilepsy, and began to have seizures when her medication was taken from her. We heard the story of a young […]