Ayslum seeker dies on Manus Island

2 October 2017

Ayslum seeker dies on Manus Island

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An assylum seeker held in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island has reportedly died.

The Sri Lankan Tamil man is believed to have taken his own life at a hospital in the township of Lorengau on Monday.

“We had a suicide of a refugee at the Lorengau hospital in the early hours of this morning,” Manus Island Police Commander David Yapu told Fairfax Media.

This is the second suicide to occur over the past two months, seemingly validating concerns regarding the mental health of detainees.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesperson Ian Rintoul said there are no facilities in Lorengau to adequately assist mentally distressed people, Fairfax reports.

“The death has increased the anxiety and distress among all the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus as they struggle with their own circumstances,” he said.

“There are two other extremely mentally distressed people who urgently need assistance.”