Asylum-seeker children: self-harm 'shockingly high', national inquiry hears - Article by Michael Safi for theguardian

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Children account for the "greatest percentage" of self-harm incidents and suicidal behaviour by asylum seekers in detention, the president of Australia's Human Rights Commission has revealed, citing new statistics showing there were 128 reported self-harm incidents amongst children in detention between January 2013 and March this year.

Professor Gillian Triggs gave the figures, which she called “shockingly high”, at an extraordinary day of public hearings in Melbourne on Tuesday as part of a national inquiry into children in immigration detention.

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