In 2016, Australia’s highest court declared the Racial Discrimination Act unconstitutional, and has since imposed fines of up to $5 million.
But, in the case of a boy whose mother’s abusive comments were published in a local newspaper, the court’s verdict is likely to be remembered as one of the most important to date in the fight against racism.
Read more:Racial prejudice, racism and bullying: how Australia is failing to protect its childrenAs a child, Jysk was living with his family in Australia’s northern state of New South Wales.
In January 2017, his mother, Kristy, made a series of racially abusive remarks to his younger brother, Josh, about him being from a different culture.
The comments came after Josh had been in the process of moving to Australia from China.
“He was going to be a Chinese citizen.
They’re a good people, they’re just a little bit different.
It’s just a different way of living.
I’m a little more of a Chinese, I like to be around Chinese people,” Jysy’s mother said.
Jysk says the comments led him to consider leaving the family home in Sydney, but that his mother and brother were not able to see him because he was on a one-year visa, meaning he had to leave the country.
In November 2017, Jiesk was sent to live with his mother’s family in a refugee camp in the Northern Territory.
The family had no choice but to move because of the threat of persecution from the authorities.
Jesk says he was constantly harassed by people on the street, and had to go to a police station and give his fingerprints to authorities in order to stay at the camp.
“I couldn’t sleep for a week.
I was scared to go outside,” he said.”
One day, the police came and asked me to give them my fingerprints, but I was too scared to do it.
I went to the police station.
They wouldn’t take my fingerprints.
I thought, ‘How are they going to find out where I live?
I don’t have anything, I don.
I don’ want to give anything to them.'”‘
A disgrace to our society’: lawyer says racism is endemic in NSWThe police were eventually able to find Jysks fingerprints in an area where he lived, but his mother still had no idea who he was.
“She told me I’m not allowed to go out in public, but my brother didn’t know,” he told ABC Radio.
“They kept saying, ‘Oh you are in danger of being killed’.
I said, ‘That’s not true.
I have my passport, I have papers.
What do you want?’
They said, we’ll just have to let you go.
I didn’t want to leave, I had to stay.”
After Jyskos passport was found, his family was taken to an immigration detention centre, where he was placed with his brother.
“When I came out of the centre I realised there were people watching me, watching what I was doing,” Jyse said.
“They were saying ‘Why are you going to the detention centre?
What are you doing here?’
They didn’t give me a choice.
I had no options.”‘
We’re just trying to survive’: Indigenous community struggles to deal with racist violenceDespite his mother losing her job, the family were given access to housing, food and medical assistance.
After months of living in the detention facility, Jysey said he became more and more frustrated.
“It was a shame, but it was a way of survival,” he recalled.
“I don’t know why, it’s just something that I’ve had to do.
I can’t go to work.
It has a bad effect on my health, on my wellbeing.”
After six months, the Australian Border Force (ABF) took the family to the Northern River in Western Australia, where they were given temporary protection from immigration.
“The ABF was not the most sympathetic organisation to us, they told us we would be going to a detention centre and then we would just go back,” JYse said, explaining that the facility was overcrowded and often had dangerous conditions.
Jyse’s father had been a fisherman and was worried about his family’s safety.
“We had a boat and we had a family of four kids,” he explained.
“We were worried about them, but we didn’t have any other options.”
Jysey’s family spent the next four months in a makeshift accommodation in the remote town of Yarra.
They spent most of their time living in a small room in a house, and spent weekends at a beach, swimming, or fishing.
“There’s no electricity, no running water,” Jylan said.
The family was also forced to live in a hut and receive no support from the government.
“It was pretty miserable,” he admitted.
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