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Self-harm at Australia detention centres once every two days: report

Human rights groups have criticised the policy against asylum-seekers arriving by boat and the detention conditions, but the Australian government has argued the harsh measures have helped stop people dying at seaSelf-harm by asylum-seekers being held at Australia’s offshore detention centres takes place on average once every two days, a report said Saturday, with some prospective refugees swallowing poison, cutting themselves and attempting suicide. Under Canberra’s hardline immigration policy, Australia sends asylum-seekers that attempt to arrive by boat to the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea and Nauru for processing. The Fairfax Media report, using Immigration Department logs obtained through Freedom of Information laws, found there were 188 self-harm incidents involving asylum seekers in Nauru in the 12 months to July 2015.

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