A Refugee Has Died On Manus Island
The Department of Home Affairs said it was "aware of the death on Manus Island".
A Rohingya refugee detained by the Australian government on Manus Island has died.
A Department of Home Affairs spokesperson said the department was "aware of the death on Manus Island".
"Further enquiries should be referred to PNG authorities," the spokesperson said.
Journalist and Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani said it wasn't clear whether the man's death was an accident, but that he had a "long history of epilepsy".
Police on Manus Island told the ABC that a refugee had died after jumping from a moving bus.
The Rohingya man was travelling from refugee accommodation into the island's main town shortly after 11am local time when he jumped from the vehicle, police said.
His body has reportedly been taken to the local hospital and officers are interviewing other refugees who witnessed the incident.
This man is the seventh asylum seeker from Manus Island to die under Australia's offshore processing scheme.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has issued a statement in which the organisation (a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees) states it is "profoundly saddened" by the death of a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island.
"The tragic loss of yet another vulnerable person under Australian ‘offshore processing’ again underscores the need for proper care and immediate solutions," the statement said.
The organisation called on the Australian government to "take immediate action to provide assistance and solutions" in order to prevent "further harm and tragedy".
"Comprehensive, intensive support for refugees and asylum-seekers remains desperately needed in both Papua New Guinea and Nauru."
UNHCR is continuing to seek further information from the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea respectively.
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