A Sudanese refugee, locked up for six years by Australia on a remote island, has delivered a powerful speech to the UN. He spoke about scores of suicide attempts by his fellow detainees and the cruelty of Australia’s indefinite detention policy.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat addressed the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council about the conditions of Australia’s offshore detention centres on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and the tiny island nation of Nauru. He told the council that, over the six years since he was detained on Manus, twelve of his fellow inmates had died in the last month alone. And he explained how over 100 others detained there have attempted suicide.
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