Call for removal of asylum-seeker patients' handcuffs

Doctors for Refugees says their use is unnecessary, humiliating and impedes care

Australian doctors are being urged to request handcuffs are removed from asylum seekers, who feel they’re being “paraded like criminals” through medical waiting rooms and hospitals.

Refugee rights group Doctors for Refugees has decried the practice in a letter on its website, appealing to doctors and other healthcare professionals to ask security personnel to remove handcuffs before treatment should they judge them unnecessary or harmful.

Shackling asylum seekers not only impedes proper medical care but is a humiliating and degrading

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