The Commonwealth and its security contractor, Serco, have settled a three-year legal battle with an asylum seeker who says he was refused to be taken to medical appointments without wearing handcuffs, a trigger for his PTSD.
The details of the settlement remain confidential but have left Yasir* “really happy” with the outcome, according to his lawyer, Jonathan Hall-Spence, from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre said it was currently investigating a class action about the “extremely widespread” use of handcuffs in immigration detention.
“It’s really hard to overstate the severity of the impact,” Mr Hall-Spence said.
People who may have been impacted by this issue are invited to fill out our handcuff use in Australian onshore immigration detention survey.
*Name changed to protect anonymity.