12 Oct 2016

Manus detainee confirms damning UN reports

From , 6:04 am on 12 October 2016

The United Nations refugee agency was due to meet with the Australian government yesterday to discuss its reports on conditions in offshore detention facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.

Information leaked to the Saturday Paper suggests the UN inspections found 90 percent of detainees on Manus Island were suffering from mental disorders due to their prolonged detention, a rate among the highest of any population in the world.

Unusable toilets and dangerously dilapidated sports equipment are also mentioned in the leak, along with excessive levels of security and the indifference of prison staff to allegations of sexual assault.

The United Nations would not discuss their reports with RNZ International, but the Kurdish Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani, who's detained on Manus Island says about half of its 900 male detainees take pills every day for mental disorders.

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