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AFRICAN MIGRANTS

Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Freedom for the Stateless

Australia’s longest serving detainee, Peter Qasim has experienced the sweet taste of freedom, of sorts, after almost seven years behind the razor wire.

Peter, a stateless asylum seeker, has been transferred from the Baxter detention centre to the Glenside psychiatric hospital in South Australia.

His Australian supporters tend to believe that this is a clear indication that Peter’s mental state had deteriorated sharply after being locked up for almost a quarter of his life.

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