Australian customs officials and navy personnel escort asylum-seekers onto Christmas Island August 21, 2013, after they were rescued by the Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta from a crowded boat that had foundered at sea. REUTERS/Stringer
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Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday that the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems.Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs visited the Christmas Island center this month and said many of the children being held were plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.The inquiry heard that 659 children were currently in immigration detention.Asked Thursday about their living conditions, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters: "No one wants to see children in detention.
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