Attempted suicide in MITA – on anniversary of death of “S” in Villawood

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Attempted suicide in MITA – on anniversary of death of “S” in Villawood

Yesterday, a Tamil refugee attempted to hang himself in a Melbourne immigration detention (MITA) after being detained indefinitely for nearly 4 years. It is two years after the death of “S”, another Tamil refugee in Villawood immigration detention centre in Sydney who was detained for over 2 years (see link).

There have been hundreds of incidents of self-harm in Australia’s vast immigration detention network that holds mostly refugees and asylum seekers, under both the Labor party and the liberal party, but mandatory and indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers remains legal. Only the Australian Minister of Immigration has the discretionary power to release these men, women and children from detention.

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