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Children call Australian immigration detention 'hell' : Human rights commission

Published on Mar 24, 2014 3:11 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Children held in immigration detention in Australia have described conditions as "hell" with a human rights inquiry on Monday detailing many banging their heads, biting themselves and wetting their beds.

The Australian Human Rights Commission gained access to Australia's main detention centre for asylum-seekers on Christmas Island as part of its National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.

Commission president Gillian Triggs said what the team - which included a paediatrician and a child psychiatrist - found was disturbing, with most of the 315 children there at the time having been held for six to eight months.

They noted that most of the children were visibly distressed during their recent visit.

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