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12:00 AM, June 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 20, 2019

UN urges Australia to stop migrant suicide attempts

UN human rights officials have urged Australia to provide immediate medical aid to more than 800 asylum seekers and migrants being held offshore after a spate of suicide attempts. There have been dozens of cases of attempted suicide or self-harm on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea in the last month since the Australian federal election, according to claims made by refugees and advocates.

At least eight men are alleged to have harmed themselves since Monday, including a Sudanese man who set himself on fire and an Iranian who attempted to hang himself but was cut down by guards, Tamil refugee Shaminda Kanapathi said via WhatsApp from Manus.

Source: AFP

 

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