Refugees attempted suicide after Australia’s election


A shock Australian election result has sparked a wave of suicide attempts among refugees held in the Manus Island detention center off Papua New Guinea, activists say.

Detainee and activist Behrouz Boochani told CNN at least nine people have attempted suicide since the election results were confirmed on Saturday, with three now in hospital.

Almost 1000 refugees are currently being held in offshore centers in Papua New Guinea and the island of Nauru at the behest of Australia, the country in which they had been attempting to seek asylum.

Human rights monitors such as Amnesty International have reported “hellish” conditions, abuses and neglect


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here