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Jakarta Post

Letter: Fate of asylum seekers in Australia

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 1 2011   /  08:00 am

Australia is confronted by the tragic phenomena of detention center deaths, with five suicides in the last 10 months, over 1,000 suicide attempts and thousands of self-inflicted injuries among asylum seekers.

There have recently been two more suicide attempts at Darwin Immigration Center. There most likely be more to come.

One Hazara man suffered a heart attack following efforts to rescue him from his suicide attempt.

The answers to stopping these suicide attempts are not in diminishing the hanging points or in relying on a suicide watch. The answers lie in treating people with humanity, in assisting these folk in their rightful asylum claims, in allowing them unfettered contact with the Australian community, with various experts, with the media and in ensuring they are not indefinitely detained in these unlawful facilities.

The dramatic rise in self-inflict...