November 29, 2012
ELEVEN asylum seekers detained at Australia’s offshore processing centre on Nauru have harmed themselves, the immigration department says.
The male detainees began committing self-harm on Tuesday evening, resulting in one man ending up in hospital on Thursday.
“Some of the transferees received medical treatment on site, but they were for very superficial injuries,” a department spokeswoman told AAP.
An Iranian asylum seeker who has been on hunger strike for almost 50 days has also been sent to Nauru’s hospital, the spokeswoman said.
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she was extremely concerned for his welfare.
She urged Immigration Minister Chris Bowen to intervene and bring the man to Australia for medical care.
“Whatever people want to say about the politics on this issue here in this place … the fact is, we have a man who is very close to losing his life,” Senator Hanson-Young told reporters in Canberra.
She hopes to visit Nauru soon to inspect the facility.