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  2. AUSTRALIA: An investigation into a riot in a detention camp on Papua New Guinea has found a Salvation Army officer led a brutal attack that left an Iranian man dead.

    More than 60 asylum seekers received treatment in three days of violence at the Australia-run camp on Manus Island in February. Reza Barati, 23, died of head injuries.

    The Salvation Army employee struck Mr Barati before others dropped a rock on his head.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e6cf-World-in-Brief-27052014#.U4SjsChAe7o

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  6. Refugees facing a 49% chance of death or torture will still be returned home under new legislation.

    New legislation introduced to federal parliament by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today outlines plans to streamline claims by asylum seekers arriving in Australia.

    The bill states that asylum seekers must prove to the Minister that they are more likely than not to suffer “significant harm” if removed.

    “The risk threshold of more likely than not means that there would be a greater than 50 per cent chance that a person would suffer significant harm in the receiving country,” it states.

    (Source: SBS News website)

  7. Pregnant refugees on Christmas Island pleaded with medical experts to adopt their children out to Australian families.

    Child psychiatrist Sarah Mares said that during her visit to the centre in March, mothers and pregnant women on the island had extremely high levels of depression and anxiety, telling her they would rather die at sea than not be processed at Christmas Island.

    “This is related to the womens’ experience of prolonged indefinite detention in a situation where they don’t feel adequate to care for their babies or to protect them. Many of these women have come from countries where there is considerable violence against women,” said Dr Mares, who has 30 years’ experience as a perinatal and child psychiatrist.

    The mothers on Christmas Island were also concerned about the health of their babies who had weeping sores, ringworm and skin infections, Dr Mares said.

    “I spoke to a couple of women who were pregnant who raised the question of whether their babies could be adopted by Australians because then they might have a better life, and that was because of concern of ending up on Nauru.”

    (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

    Officials ignored professional advice in returning a refugee to detention on Christmas Island, leading to her attempted suicide.

    The woman was transferred to Perth earlier this year but discharged from hospital and returned to detention before being sent back to Christmas Island against the advice. It is believed she tried to take her own life this week and remains in Christmas Island hospital.

    Several asylum seekers are held on Christmas Island despite advice that they be transferred to Australia for treatment for mental illnesses. An anonymous source said that “it’s widespread and it’s getting worse.”

    Christmas Island shire president Gordon Thompson said the number of women on constant suicide watch had increased to 14.

    Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has refused to provide information on self harm in detention. However advice from the Department of Immigration shows that, following a meeting on Christmas Island this week, there were “seven individuals who made threats of self harm, four have actually self-harmed and one woman attempted suicide.”

    An International Health and Medical Service employee said the categories of ‘self harm’ and ‘attempted suicide’ were often hard to differentiate, and “a self harm could be a suicide attempt.”

    The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said it was “concerned but not surprised” to hear of reports that women on Christmas Island were harming themselves.

    “The college is extremely concerned that people are finding themselves in such a desperate situation that they are considering such measures as attempting suicide,” said the president, Dr Murray Patton.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott described self-harm by refugees as “moral blackmail”.

    (Source: The Age, Sydney Morning Herald)

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