Media Release: Negative ASIO Tamil Refugee attempts suicide – second in one month

Fellow detainees rescued a Tamil refugee who had attempted suicide by
hanging from a roof beam at Melbourne Immigration Transit
Accommodation centre at 1.30 am this (Friday) morning.

The Tamil refugee, the first Tamil to receive a negative ASIO finding
had been in detention for 37 months. He was taken to hospital by
ambulance, unconscious and with a weak pulse. His present condition is
not known. The refugee is in his early thirties.

It is the second recent suicide attempt at the Melbourne Immigration
Transit Accommodation centre in a month by ASIO rejected refugees.

The negative ASIO security finding condemns refugees to indefinite
detention. There is no right to know what evidence ASIO relies on for
the negative security finding and there is no right to review or
appeal negative decisions.

“It has been clear for months that the ASIO negative refugees cannot
tolerate indefinite detention for much longer,” said Lucy Honan from
the Refugee Action Collective.

“Chris Bowen must urgently address the recommendations of the
Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention that call for
refugees to have the same rights of review and appeal for their ASIO
assessments as Australian citizens. This has become a matter of life
and death.”

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