An Iranian Muslim family has been awarded $100,000 of taxpayer money after an Australian court ruled they were mistreated in the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Center. The would-be asylum seeker family, who allegedly fled their native Iran in 2010 claiming to be in fear for their lives, sued the Commonwealth over alleged mistreatment they suffered while living in Australian detention facilities.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Last week the New South Wales Supreme Court officially approved payments to two siblings now aged 16 and 11, with one amount confidential.
Court documents heard the payments followed ‘traumatic experiences they suffered and witnessed in detention centres operated by the Commonwealth’, SBS News reported. After their boat was intercepted by an Australian Border Protection vessel, the family lived on a Christmas Island detention centre.
Next they were moved to the Asti Motel in the Northern Territory and finally the Inverbrackie Detention Centre in South Australia. The family felt the Commonwealth ‘breached its duty of care’ by ‘failing to provide adequate medical assessments as well as care and treatment.’
They also claimed they were ‘exposed to numerous psychiatric triggers while in detention’, notably illegal alien detainees engaging in self-harm and suicide attempts.’
Take a look at the “dreadful” conditions at the immigration detention camp on Christmas Island.