He was unable to understand why he was treated like a criminal in this country, having committed no crime. Following an exchange with a fellow inmate he was punished with solitary confinement for three days. He attempted suicide. He required two admissions to a psychiatric hospital. He was eventually given refugee status.
This is not an isolated case. It is the inevitable result of a policy which intentionally treats human beings like dead starlings hung on a fence to frighten the other asylum seekers away. It is no way to treat these heroes of free speech, in the country that invented the idea and claims to stand for it.
The Rev PAUL NICOLSON
Member, Asylum Seekers Bail Circle