Give me back my son: How Human Rights Brought Steven Neary Home
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Give me back my son: How Human Rights Brought Steven Neary Home

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Published on 29 Nov 2019

After Mark Neary fell ill, he called upon a respite centre to take care of his son, Steven, for a few days while he recovered. Steven was kept there, against his will, for 359 days.

For Mark’s autistic son, Steven, day to day routine is very important. Communicating any changes with Steven is key so he doesn’t become overwhelmed. So when Mark came down with flu in 2009, he had to use a respite centre so Steven could be looked after. The centre refused to release Steven, and so Mark had to fight for his son’s human rights to bring him home.

We spoke to Mark about the battle he faced in fighting for Steven’s right to liberty and family life.
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