Case Study: Extradition of Charles Alfred Barnett

Charles Alfred Barnett with a lawyer in Indonesia

In February 2008, Australian authorities asked the Indonesian government to return Charles Alfred Barnett, 67, a retired catholic priest, to Australia where he would be charged with suspected sexual offences on young boys (occurred in Melbourne and Adelaide). Charles has been in Indonesia since mid 1990s and has been a teaching English language consultant for Indonesian students wanting to study overseas.

April 2008, Charles was detained in Indonesia and pleaded not to be returned to Australia “If I am extradited I will lose my home and everything,” he said to the Indonesian courts. Charles pleaded to stay in Indonesia for "humanitarian reasons in February 2009 Charles was deported back to Australia and arrested. In February 2009 was extradited from Indonesia to Australia. He was then arrested and currently awaits his trial in Adelaide prison.

Case Study: Detention of Shayan

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These are pictures made by Shayan while he was in detention.

In March 2000 Shayan, 5, arrived in Australia by boat with his parents and was taken to Woomera detention centre. He witnessed hunger strikes, fires and riots. He also witnessed Tear gas and water cannons that were used to stop them. In November 2000, Shayan saw an adult detainee slash his chest with a shard of glass and jump from a tree in an attempted suicide.
After witnessing theses events, Shayan suffered nightmares, nervousness and sleep disorder. He would awake up at night crying, sometimes holding his chest and saying 'they are going to kill us'. He drew pictures of fences with himself and his family trapped inside them continually. He began to shut out socially and display aggressive behaviour. He was soon diagnosed with suffering from post traumatic stress disorder at the young age of 5.

In March 2001, the family was transferred to Villawood and April 2001, Shayan's became distressed after witnessing yet another fight between detainees. Later that month, Shayan saw another suicide attempt. After this he never left his parents side. He would hide under his blanket, urinate himself, would refuse to eat, would only drink small amounts of milk, would not speak, and could not sleep. His condition deteriorated and his health began to come into question.
In May 2001 Shayan was admitted to Westmead Hospital for the first time. He was assessed as being acutely traumatised and at risk of dehydration. Following his return to Villawood, he was readmitted to Westmead for a period of eight weeks, and then on six more occasions and was seen 70 times by the Villawood detention centre medical service and ACM health staff. Westmead Hospital specialists wrote multiple letters outlining the risk of Shayan's health and begging the Minister to remove him from the detention environment. On 31 May 2001, a child psychiatrist wrote to the Minister making a strong link between Shayan's illness and his experiences in detention centre. On 23 August 2001 Shayan was transferred into foster care detention in the community, without his parents or sister.

On 9 August 2002, Shayan and his entire family were recognised as refugees, and now live in Australia under a protection visa. It took three years for one child who suffered traumatic experiences to be released out of a detention centre.

Case Study: Deportation of Scott Parkin

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In 2005 Scott Parkin came to Australia. Scott is a supporter of peaceful protest and a student of nonviolent social movements in the tradition of Gandhi and King, who promotes non-violent in his peace protesting. In September 2005 Scott was arrested before going on stage in Melbourne for a requested speech on stopping the war in Iraq. He was detained without charged and told his visa was withdrawn.
Scott was placed in solitary confinement, without natural light and limited access to clean clothing and bathing facilities. He was also limited to visitors and was unable to contact his family directly. He was unable to use the phone. If this wasn’t enough Scott also learnt he would have to pay for his detainment and was given wrongful advice to wave his appeal rights in fear of a longer incrassation.
Eventually Scott was given a choice, either stays in solitary confinement and continues to pay until his id deported or accept an immediate deportation.
When Scott arrived in L.A on
Thursday 15 September, he received a bill for $22687 payable if/when Scott ever returned to Australia. The cost covered his incarceration, his airfare to L.S and the accommodation and return flights of two security escorts who happened to stay at Disneyland.
Till this day the government refuses to comment on the exact reason why Scott was incrassated and refused basic human rights.