Baby Asha was born in detention in Australia and transferred to Nauru despite warning to government that move would be potentially catastrophic.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she has written to the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, asking him to act immediately to remove the baby from Nauru.
“It is horrific that baby Asha, born in Australia, is now in detention in Nauru. The trauma being experienced by this family is cruel and the government should bring them back to Australia immediately,” Hanson-Young said.
“The parents of baby Asha are so desperate that they are considering suicide so she can be brought back to Australia. This is the human tragedy of Australia’s asylum seeker detention policies.
“This family were awaiting specialised trauma counselling and medical treatments when they were forcibly removed to Nauru last Thursday and their situation is now even more tenuous.”
Prior to the transfer, the mother and father of the infant were restrained using cable ties on their hands, and the atmosphere in the Melbourne detention centre remains highly charged after their removal.
The removal of the infant and her parents last week caused serious distress to other asylum seekers at the centre, a staff member said.