Asylum seekers reported hurt in Brisbane

Ian Rintoul says three asylum seekers are in hospital or isolation after incidents in detention.
Ian Rintoul says three asylum seekers are in hospital or isolation after incidents in detention.

An asylum seeker is in hospital after collapsing, while two others are being held in isolation after an attempted suicide and a violent incident involving guards at a Brisbane detention centre, activists claim.

The Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) says the three incidents occurred amid growing anxiety and despondancy following the release of dozens of asylum seekers over the past two weeks.

Comment on the reported incidents has been sought from the Australian Border Force.

"The distress is an inevitable outcome of the chaos and confusion that surrounds the government's recent arbitrary release of some Medevac refugees from detention," RAC spokesman Ian Rintoul said.

Mr Rintoul said an Iranian man was found collapsed in his room at the Brisbane International Transit Accommodation (BITA) after not eating or drinking for two to three days on Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital, where he remains on Friday.

A 33-year-old Somali detainee had also been refusing food before he tried to take his own life at a Kangaroo Point hotel, where he was being held, on Thursday.

The RAC said he wasn't taken to hospital but was transferred to BITA, where he wa being held in the isolation compound.

The group said a third 22-year-old Iranian man was also put into isolation after being beaten by Serco security guards at the compound.

Mr Rintoul said the mentally distressed man had been resisting efforts to remove him from his room as it was contrary to his medical needs certified by provider International Health and Medical Services (IMHS).

He said the man's hand may have been broken and there is blood in his urine, but he's received no medical treatment.

"The two refugees in Fraser must be released from isolation and given care outside of the detention centre. Isolation is what passes for care by the government and IHMS," Mr Rintoul said.

"The government must immediately provide a timetable for the release of all those being held in hotel prisons and detention centres. None of those left behind knows whether they will ever be released.

"Many of the Medevac refugees were brought to Australia because of damage that offshore detention had caused to their mental health. Further detention in Australia has only added to the damage.

"As well as being a human rights abuse, there is every indication that the detention of the Medevac refugees is unlawful. The abuse needs to end. The government owes all of them freedom and permanent protection."

Mr Rintoul said the RAC would hold another peak-hour protest calling for the asylum seekers' release from 5pm at the Kangaroo Hotel in Brisbane.

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