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AUSTRALIA:
SIXTH DEATH ON MANUS AMID GOVERNMENT INACTION

Update info:
17 Oct 2017 (Updated)
Latest info:
16 Aug 2017
Country:
AUSTRALIA
Subject:
Refugees and Asylum seekers in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea
Gender m/f: both
Period:
16 Nov 2017
Distribution date:
17 Oct 2017
UA No:
184/2017

The most recent death at a hospital, Manus Island, highlights the ongoing and grave risks from violent attacks and inadequate health care faced by refugees in Papua New Guinea. Australia。ヲs offshore detention and processing policy on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), amounts to the systematic abuse of hundreds of individuals. 

The body of a 33 year old Sri Lankan refugee was found on 2 October in the laundry of the hospital, Manus Island after he was admitted on 29 September to receive medical treatment for physical injuries, arising from self-harm, and mental health issues. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death but have suggested it was a suicide. He is the sixth person to die in connection with Australia’s offshore processing  since 2014.

Two months ago, the body of Iranian asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour was found in the bushes near the Lorengau refugee centre. Despite calls for an independent investigation into his death, no progress has yet been made, and the results from his autopsy have not been shared with his family. 

In addition to the increasing fears of refugees for their safety, should they be forcibly relocated closer to town, over 100 individuals are currently residing in a Port Moresby guesthouse waiting for medical care. In some cases, due to limited resources, the required treatment cannot be provided in Papua New Guinea.

Take action

Please write immediately in English or your own language urging the authorities to:

  • Ensure adequate health care for all refugees and asylum seekers suffering injuries and trauma. Where adequate health care cannot be provided in Papua New Guinea, the Australian government should immediately evacuate refugees and asylum seekers to Australia for treatment; 
  • Fully co-operate in independent investigations into the deaths of six refugees and asylum seekers and promptly update family members on the progress and outcome of such investigations; 
  • Immediately bring refugees to Australia and ensure all those granted refugee status have the right to settle in Australia or third countries.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 16 NOVEMBER 2017 TO:
Minister of Immigration and Border Protection
Mr Peter Dutton
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia
Fax: +61 (02) 6273 4144
Email: minister@border.gov.au
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Ms Julie Bishop
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia
Fax: +61 (02) 6273 4112
Email: Julie.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
Salutation: Dear Minister

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
Further information on UA: 184/17 Index: ASA 12/7222/2017 Issue Date: 6 October 2017