Australia’s asylum seekers problem – secrecy and inhumanity

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Humanitarian organisations and leading experts are calling the conditions at Australia’s asylum seeker detention centres in the Pacific “worse than ever”. They are advocating for fundamental policy changes to stop the deaths and, what they call, inhumane circumstances, reports Lasse Underbjerg and Marcus Bank, Asia-Pacific Journalism.


aust-asylumseekers-425wideA rising number of suicide attempts. Riots and demonstrations. Adults and children sewing their lips together as a last resort, desperately trying to avoid being force fed so they can die from starvation.

These are just some of the latest stories of a “self-harm epidemic” coming from Australian asylum seeker camps in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Humanitarian organisations and leading experts are calling the conditions “worse than ever” and are advocating for fundamental changes in Australia’s asylum seeker policy to stop the deaths and, what they call, inhumane circumstances.

How did it come this far? Every month, immigrants undertake the perilous journey across the Indian Ocean from Indonesia trying to reach the shores of Australia. Many are fleeing troubles and danger in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. They pay all their money to people smugglers, who operate boats out of Indonesia. Boats that are often very unsafe. Read more.