The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) calls upon the Australian Government and the Minister for Immigration Mr Peter Dutton to outline a clear plan for the ongoing support and care of baby Asha and her family post her recovery within community detention.
NEDA like many is buoyed by the news today that baby Asha and her family have been released from hospital and are now residing in community detention.
“However, we are concerned as to her ongoing care and the support needs of her family” stated NEDA President Suresh Rajan.
Dwayne Cranfield, NEDA CEO, stated that “the thought of any child living in offshore detention is offensive let alone sending a child that has suffered trauma and hospitalisation back to a place that has a record of abuse and violence.
The NEDA President continued “it is proven and widely recognised that living in offshore detention is not conducive to a person’s health, as those centres in operation have a well-documented history of violence and abuse and violating human rights.
NEDA is concerned that by placing children in offshore detention that we, as a nation, are adding to the disability numbers. These facilities place children at risk and increase the prevalence of psychosocial/ mental health disorders.
See the NEDA report: The plight of People Living with Disabilities; Demonised Detained and Disowned: http://www.neda.org.au/index.php/latest/183-plight
NEDA President Suresh Rajan added that “on the whole, the Australian community knows the difference between right and wrong, I would like to thank the community for their support to this point, importantly those doctors and medicos that have risked prosecution in their support of baby Asha and her family in this fight between right and wrong.
Our good wishes and thanks also go to the numerous community organisations and advocates such as Mums4refugees and others who maintained their vigil at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital over the last many days.”
For further information, please contact the NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or the NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.