“This harmful and potentially lethal policy should never have made it into the Bill, let alone to the Lords.
"We heard arguments in the Lord's today that held up Australia's offshoring policy as a shining example, but MSF teams have seen first-hand the horrific consequences of Australian ‘offshoring’ on Nauru Island. On Nauru, our mental health teams treated refugees and asylum seekers with a profound sense of hopelessness. The indefinite detention, neglect and abuse people suffered shattered their will to live. As a result, our project recorded some of the most acute mental health suffering MSF has seen in our 50 years of existence.
"It is devastating that two thirds of our patients had self-harmed, had suicidal thoughts, or had attempted suicide, including children as young as nine.
“We are relieved that this amendment to remove Clause 28 has passed, and urge MPs to do the right thing and ensure that this harmful, cruel policy is dropped entirely when the bill returns to the Commons."