대부분이 중국인인  호주 이민수용소의 수감자들중 최소한 13명이 자신들을 풀어주지 않는다고 호주당국에 항의하면서 18일 팔목을 칼로 긋는 자해 행위를 벌였습니다.

존 하워드 호주 총리는 17일, 어린이가 있는 가족들은 감독 주택으로 옮길 것이라고 발표했습니다. 하지만 이 이송 결정에 시위자들은 포함되지 않을 것으로 알려졌습니다.

호주 이민국은 수용인 일부가 시드니에 있는 빌라우드 수용소에서 자해했다는 사실을 확인하면서 자살한 사람은 없다고 말했습니다.

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At least 13 detainees at an Australian immigration camp -- most of them Chinese -- slashed their wrists today (Saturday) to protest the government's refusal to release them.

Prime Minister John Howard announced Friday that families with children would be released into supervised housing. But the decision would not free the protesters.

The Australian Immigration Department acknowledged that a group of detainees had attempted what was described as "self-harm" at the (Villawood) Detention Center in Sydney, but said nobody had committed suicide.

A spokesman for the rights group Refugee Action Coalition (Ian Rintoul) said some of the detainees were believed to be facing deportation, while one woman was awaiting a decision on her asylum application.