Attempted suicide on Manus Island – advocates suggest a good time for Transfield to tour fund managers

Refugee Action Coalition


A 25 year-old Burmese asylum seeker attempted suicide at Manus Island
yesterday afternoon, Monday 31 August.

The emergency unfolded over almost four hours as the man climbed onto
the roof of Delta Compound around 3pm and made attempts to hang
himself using bed sheets and electrical cable, before making a final
attempt to jump just before 7pm.

More than 50 Transfield and IHMS medical personnel were mobilised
during the emergency.

The man tied electrical cables to the sheets to try to prevent staff
from using Hoffman knives to cut him down. He had the bed sheet tied
around his neck as he was caught on the roof at about 6.45pm. He was
handcuffed and shackled before being taken off the roof to the new
high security area next to the medical centre.

On the eve of the renewal of the Transfield’s multi-billion dollar
contract to manage offshore detention centres, Transfield’s chief
executive Graeme Hunt, suggested that investors in Transfield could
get ‘tours’ of the detention centres.

“Now might be a good time for Transfield to open Manus Island, to the
media, as well as fund managers,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for
the Refugee Action Coalition, “so the stark reality of detention on
Manus Island can be revealed. The truth is that Transfield Services’s
profit is based on blood money from the Department of Immigration and
Border Protection.

“The Senate report has also lifted the lid on Transfield’s complicity
with abuse of woman and chiuldren on Nauru.”

Meanwhile, there is still no confirmation of the fate of the third
Iranian asylum seeker who was scheduled to be removed from PNG last
week. The Supreme Court has extended the injunction against removals
until 7 September , the date of the next directions hearing in the
Supreme Court constitutional challenge to the Manus Island detention

Threats of deportation have now been made against asylum seekers on
Manus Island, who have refused to make applications for asylum in PNG.
There are around 200 people who have refused to make protection
applications in PNG because they were forcibly taken to PNG after
seeking protection in Australia.

The Supreme Court action in PNG will test the lawfulness of their
transfer to and detention on, Manus Island.

For more information contact, Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713