Commonwealth settles case with asylum seeker who missed medical appointments because of handcuff PTSD

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.

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