End Indefinite Detention Now

End Indefinite Detention Now

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jennifer tapia started this petition to Parliament House

Indefinite detention is legal in Australia and it’s affecting the mental health of immigrants (non-criminal) of all ages. Individuals and their families are fleeing from war-torn countries and are escaping persecution in hope for freedom.

Immigrants arriving without adequate documentation are subject to mandatory detention until a decision is made. The wait can be between days to several years not knowing when they will be set free, or be able to reconnect with their families. Therefore they are to stay in captivity with minimal hope for a brighter future.

The negative impact on individuals regarding mental illness is evident. Reports of hunger strikes, protests, self-harm, and suicide attempts are just a few ways the people are expressing their grief. One psychologist reported the psychological damage of a young boy who is detained stating, the detention is causing a negative impact due to exhibiting anxiety and depression symptoms. He cries but sometimes masks his feelings to get by. The environment has overall affected his self-worth as he thinks he is detained for being a bad person, due to the detention reminding him of a jail.

I encourage you to see these people as human beings that they are who are deserving of human rights. They are brave in leaving persecuted countries in the hope of a better future. Please sign to end the indefinite detention in Australia. There has to be a better approach in order to see improvement in the mental wellbeing of these people.

 

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