Local refugee advocates mourn death of Manus Island detainee at Rosalind Park

A group of local refugee advocates took to Rosalind Park on Friday to mourn the death of Manus Island detainee, Hamed Shamshiripour. 

The 31-year-old Iranian was found dead on Monday near the Refugee Transit Centre in East Lorengau, which forms part of Australia's immigration detention network.

He was the fifth man to die under Australia's supervision on Manus Island.

Imran Mohammed, a refugee from Myanmar on Manus Island, said refugees received the news on Monday morning. "It was so devastating for all [of] us," he said.

Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is also on Manus Island, said the asylum seeker concerned had a long history of mental illness and distress.

Related: Asylum seeker on Manus Island found dead

Refugee advocates, part of the Rural Australian’s for Refugees movement, said they were deeply concerned about many aspects of Hamed’s death, from police statements that ruled out “foul play” to his father’s concern that detention by Australian authorities had “made him crazy”.

HELP OUT: A group of local refugee advocates took to Rosalind Park on Friday to mourn the death of a Manus Island detainee. Picture: NONI HYETT

HELP OUT: A group of local refugee advocates took to Rosalind Park on Friday to mourn the death of a Manus Island detainee. Picture: NONI HYETT

A small group of locals held a vigil at the park, holding pro-immigration signs supporting asylum seekers.