An Iranian refugee has died on Manus Island, where protests are underway as authorities try to shift men from the Australian run detention centre there.
Asylum seeker and journalist Behrouz Boochani said on Monday the refugee died after a long illness, and accused Australia of not giving the man medical treatment.
Manus police chief David Yapu confirmed the man's death, according to The Guardian and Sydney Morning Herald.
The refugee who killed himself was lost since Saturday and just today his body was found. Australian federal police took the body to IHMS.— Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) August 7, 2017
We cancelled the peaceful protest today because we don't want any violence to happen. The refugees are very angry.#manusprotest— Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) August 7, 2017
Former Manus MP Ronny Knight tweeted the man killed himself behind the detention centre. Asylum seeker advocates have called for the government to bring the asylum seekers to Australia.
Comment has been sought from immigration minister Peter Dutton. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it is aware of the man's death, but it directed all questions to the Government of PNG.
"PNG authorities are investigating the matter," the department said in an emailed statement.
A refugee passed away in #Manus island. He was very sick for long time but Australia did not provide medical treatment for him.— Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) August 7, 2017
Greens senator Nick McKim said the death of the man represented an "abhorrent" failure by the Turnbull government. The man's death could be laid squarely at the feet of immigration minister Peter Dutton, he said.
"This man repeatedly sought Australia's help," McKim said.
"The Liberals ignored his pleas and now must bear responsibility for what happened.
"Enough is enough. The detention centres on Manus and Nauru must be evacuated and every single detained man, woman and child brought to Australia so they can be properly cared for."
The man's death marks the fifth asylum seeker death since the centre opened in Papua New Guinea in mid-2012.
This man should never been on #Manus. A history of mental illness, assaulted by guards, found homeless & hungry when released, neglected.— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) August 7, 2017
Another person on Manus has died in the care of the Aust govt. Atrocious & cruel. For heaven sake @TurnbullMalcolm get them out of there— Sarah Hanson-Young (@sarahinthesen8) August 7, 2017
Amnesty international said in a statement while it is not yet clear if the man's death was a result of self-harm or violence, Australia must accept liability for the damage its cruel policies are causing refugees.
"This was a man who came seeking Australia's protection, Amnesty International is gravely concerned that he was provided inadequate health care and that his safety was not the paramount consideration," Refugee Coordinator at Amnesty International Australia, Graham Thom, said.
"This death is yet another bleak tragedy to arise out of the ongoing suffering and tensions on Manus Island. There must be an independent, impartial, prompt and effective investigation into his death."
Two weeks ago three men were the victims of armed robberies, with two seriously injured in the attacks, the Human Rights law centre said in a statement.
"Our government cannot guarantee their safety or that a single person will be resettled in America," said Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
"After four years of fear and violence and shootings and death, the only humane and responsible way forward is to immediately evacuate every single man, woman and child held on Nauru and Manus to safety. Otherwise, further tragedy is inevitable."
Last week a 27-year-old Sudanese man reportedly had his leg cut with a bush knife when men broke into a guesthouse he was staying in in Lorengau.
Friday's standoff came amid days of protests inside the centre amid attempts to force the asylum seekers to move out.
We've now had 5 men die on #Manus.— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) August 7, 2017
Each a human being seeking our protection
Dead because political self interest mattered more than life
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