Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Brisbane Times, Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

Baby Asha's family denied access to lawyers

LAWYERS for the family of asylum seeker baby Asha say the Federal Government's Border Force unit prevented them from speaking with their client for days.

The Human Rights Law Centre says it was stopped from contacting the family for three days, with access allowed only after it issued a public statement on the situation.

The one-year-old was released from a Brisbane hospital into community detention on Monday.

"It's been an emotional few days for the family … [the mother] had been asking to speak with us and we had been asking to speak with her but Border Force was blocking access," HRLC legal advocacy director Daniel Webb said.

Refugee advocate and family spokeswoman Natasha Blucher said she was concerned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton had not released more information.

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