Neither Australian Or PNG Gov’t Informed Family Of Man Who Died On Manus Island

Both the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments failed to contact the family of the Rohingya refugee who died on Manus Island yesterday.

Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, tweeted this afternoon that the wife of the man only became aware of his death after a member of the ASRC reached out to offer condolences:

Journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is himself detained on the island, reported that local police had confirmed the death as a suicide. The man is the seventh person sent by Australia to Manus to die on the island, the third in the last twelve months. The previous two were also reported as suicides.

Replying to request for comment from Ten Daily reporter Josh Butler, the Department of Home Affairs issued a blunt, eight-word statement:

The UNHCR has repeatedly called for Australia to abandon its offshore detention policy.

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