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Suicide attempts, hunger strikes, self-harm on Nauru: Fairfax

Suicide attempts, hunger strikes, self-harm on Nauru: Fairfax

Updated 25 February 2013, 15:48 AEST

A report by Fairfax media today has revealed that asylum seekers began to attempt suicide within a month of being sent by Australia to the Pacific island of Nauru.

The paper says internal documents from the Australian immigration department show that hunger strikes and self-harm became regular occurrences within a month of the detention centre being re-opened.

Canberra announced last August that it would return to processing asylum seekers offshore on Nauru and PNG's Manus Island, in a move it hoped would deter asylum seekers from making the journey to Australia by boat.

Jeff Waters is an ABC reporter who for months has been requesting permission to go and visit the detention facilities in order to see what the conditions are like.

Presenter: Jon Faine

Speaker: Jeff Waters, ABC reporter

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