Irrespective of the cause, Australia must accept liability for the damage its cruel policies are causing refugees. The exact circumstances surrounding the death were not known, but Behrouz Boochani, another Iranian refugee on Manus Island, said the man had hanged himself.
Shamshiripou had been staying at a transit center for refugees awaiting resettlement.
Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are detained at the Manus Island centre and on the nation of Nauru as part of the government’s long-standing policy. “Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Dutton must immediately evacuate the offshore camps on Nauru and Manus, they must bring the people to safety in Australia now”.
Greens senator Nick McKim on Tuesday read out the names of those who have died in offshore centres since 2013 and paused for a minute’s silence in Parliament.
The situation on Manus Island was becoming more dire and risky by the hour, he said.
Liberal senator Michaelia Cash labelled his move “way worse than disgusting” and accused Senator McKim of politicising the death.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it is gravely concerned by deteriorating conditions at the Manus Island regional processing centre as authorities shuffle detainees around ahead of its October closure.
Refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island are pictured in a silent, peaceful protest on Tuesday.
The PNG Supreme Court a year ago ruled that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus breached the constitution and ordered that the camp be closed.
The death of a refugee on Manus Island has sparked serious concerns others will be injured or killed if Australian authorities don’t intervene. There has also been a vigil held on Manus Island.
He called for the man who was receiving treatment in hospital to be transferred to Australia.
A protest was held on Nauru calling to shutdown offshore detention centres following the death of a refugee.
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Australian immigration authorities said the Papua New Guinean authorities are investigating the death which they believe to be a suicide.