The Human Rights Alliance Media Release:
THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN - up to 100 of the world's most impoverished children in Australian adult prisons - WHERE IS HADI?
There may be up to 100 impoverished Indonesian children in Australian adult prisons - we know for a fact the brunt of these numbers are in Western Australian prisons.
At this time some of these children's cases are being heard in Australian Courts.
We are working to compile a register of the age disputes so as to work towards their freedom as the Australian Government will not - nor will any political party nor any Government department or ministry - what dark times we live in...
Hadi Kurniawan, 16 years old, continues to languish in an Australian adult prison - HAKEA in Western Australia - yet we have provided an Indonesian Police Clearance stating his date of birth as in 1995, a letter from his brother in Indonesia to the Prime Minister of Australia, I have personally spoken to the Prime Minister, and Hadi's family has been in the news media in Indonesia pleading for his release.
Why is the Commonwealth doing this? Why has no Australian Senator raised a question about the minors in Australian adult prisons in the Australian Senate?
Who will assist us to free Hadi and the others?
If one of these children dies in our jails it shall be a death of a child in adult prison custody, a new tragic phenomena and all time low in a country that already has one of the world's most horrific deaths in custody records. If one of these children is sexually molested or raped in an adult prison who will be held responsible in terms of duty of care?
Convener, Human Rights Alliance
PhD Law researcher in Australian Deaths in Custody
Contact - 0430 657 309