Keeping suicidal refugee in Manus Island police cell 'barbaric'

From , 3:03 pm on 3 May 2019

An advocate on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says its barbaric that a suicidal refugee was kept in a police cell.

The island's police chief says the man has been transferred to Port Moresby after two nights in jail.

David Yapu says there is no where else on the island that the suicidal refugees could receive the constant supervision he needed.

About 500 refugees remain in three detention centres on the island, where the Catholic church says suicide attempts and self harm are a daily occurrence.

The advocate Ian Rintoul told Ben Robinson Drawbridge the condition of the refugees has worsened since he was last on the island six months ago.

Refugees on Manus Island

Refugees on Manus Island Photo: Supplied