Suicide is the leading cause of premature death for people in the Australian immigration detention network
In May this year, the Commonwealth and Immigration Ombudsman released a long-awaited report into suicide and self-harm across the Australian immigration detention network.1 All available evidence points to the conclusion that suicide is the leading cause of premature death for detainees across the network. Between 1 July 2010 and 31 December 2012, there were 11 deaths in immigration detention. Five are confirmed suicides.2,3
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