26 May '11, 5am

Suicide, depression hits Australia detainees - AsiaOne

Suicide, depression hits Australia detainees - AsiaOne

SYDNEY - Australia's asylum seeker policy came under more fire Thursday with the Human Rights Commission warning that suicide and depression were major concerns in the country's detention centres. A new study focusing on the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney was released as criticism mounted of Canberra's plan to send boatpeople to Malaysia, where detainees can be caned. Detention is mandatory for asylum seekers who arrive in Australia until their claims are processed, with some remaining locked up for over a year. The Australian Human Rights Commission said three apparent suicides at Villawood last year and high rates of self-harm should serve as a warning. Commission president Catherine Branson said that the uncertainty caused by being held indefinitly was triggering serious mental health issues. "What we saw at Villawood was the result of the system of ma...

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