Australians have held protests across the country against Manus Island and Nauru detention centres. This protest was in Lismore.
Australians have held protests across the country against Manus Island and Nauru detention centres. This protest was in Lismore. Courtesy of R Poole

Asylum seeker critically injured on Manus Island has died

THE Department of Immigration and Border Protection says a 27-year-old Sudanese refugee from Manus Island detention centre has died in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after being airlifted to Australia for urgent treatment.

The department released a statement confirming the man, named as Faysal by the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), suffered a fall and a seizure and had subsequently died in the Brisbane hospital.

RAC spokesman Ian Rintoul said Faysal was flown to Brisbane from Manus Island on Friday afternoon.

"The Department is not aware of any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and expresses its sympathies to his family and friends," the statement said.

Mr Rintoul said it was not yet clear whether the emergency was a result of Faysal's head injuries or because of "underlying medical conditions that led to his collapse".

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