Refugees Sue Australian Government over Prolonged Detention

Refugees sued the Australian government on Friday for prolonged and illegal detention of children.

Refugees said they were only 16 years old when they were sent to an Australian detention camp in Nauru, a small island nation northeast of Brisbane.

that their childhood was all detention, frustration, and misery.

“I don’t wish for any human being to be in such a situation, ever. It was terrifying,” Mehdi said.

Solicitor Daniel Taylor, Mehdi and Adnan’s representative, said that refugees experienced serious violence like rape, physical assault, and murder from the local people in Nauru.

Mehdi and Adnan arrived at Nauru in April 2014 and found 27 unaccompanied children detained in the facility.

Five years later, at the age of 21, both were finally taken out of Nauru and brought to Australia but only to be detained again at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation and Fraser Compound (BITA).

At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mehdi and Adnan were moved to the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel and Apartments where detainees appealed for their release.

Both Mehdi and Adnan spent eight years now in immigration detention and despite being recognized as refugees, they were still classified as “illegal maritime arrivals” whose freedom is denied.

“Here we are in a smaller cage. There, we were in a bigger cage,” Mehdi told Aljazeera.

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