Bashed Manus refugees need urgent medical treatment

| January 1, 2017 | Reply

Two Iranian refugees, Mehdi and Mohammad, arrested and bashed by up to 10 PNG police and immigration officers last night (New Years eve) on Manus Island are still in police custody 24 hours later.

Neither of the refugees has been seen by doctors or received any medical attention for what appear to be serious injuries.

The refugees have confirmed to the Refugee Action Coalition that they were first approached around 8pm, by PNG Immigration officers who told them they had no right to be outside of the detention centre.

The Immigration officers were quickly joined by PNG police, who began to assault the refugees – beating their head, face, neck and back.

Neither have received any pain relief. Mehdi says he believes that his wrist and jaw may be broken; while Mohammad is suffering severe headache and pain and thinks his nose is broken.

“Ultimately the refugees are Australia’s responsibility. We are calling on the Australian government and the PNG police to ensure that the arrested refugees get immediate medical treatment,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It is a bad enough that refugees are arbitrarily arrested and bashed on Manus. Denying medical treatment to refugees is also part and parcel of systemic failure of Australia’s offshore detention regime.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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