REFUGEE ATTEMPTS TO BURN HIMSELF

"Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said the refugee had in his possession a container of diesel and attempted to pour over his body and set himself on fire."

A refugee detained at the Manus Refugee Transit Centre attempted to burn himself in-front of the Immigration office in Manus over delays to his application for resettlement in the US.

The frustrated refugee demanded from PNG Immigration officers his status for his resettlement in United States.

Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said the refugee had in his possession a container of diesel and attempted to pour over his body and set himself on fire.

PPC Yapu said the police mobile squad 02 were alerted and immediately responded to the incident.

In the presence of Police, the PNG Immigration Officers responded that they did not have any jurisdiction on his Refugee Status for settlement in US but would advise him at a later date.

He said with assurances from Immigration officers, he calmed down and walked away.

 

PPC Yapu again raised concerns towards continuous attempted suicides by refugees in the province.  

 

He is concerned because of numerous reports of self-harm and attempted suicide by Refugees in last few weeks.

 

He said this is something beyond police control and needs intervention from both PNG and Australia Government.

By Tom KILAVI
July 8, 2019