UN warns of 'escalating crisis' on Manus

August 08, 2017

The United Nations says deteriorating living conditions have led to a crisis on Manus Island.

The United Nations is warning of an escalating crisis on Manus Island following the death of a refugee.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it is gravely concerned by deteriorating conditions at the Manus Island regional processing centre as authorities shuffle detainees around ahead of its October closure.

"The UNHCR is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a young refugee yesterday, which also highlights the precarious situation for vulnerable people on Manus Island," the agency said on Tuesday.

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