Aug 7, 2017, 11:06 AM
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Iranian refugee dies in Australian detention center

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA - An Iranian refugee has died in an Australian detention center on Manus Island, the Australian media reported,

The death of the unnamed Iranian refugee was confirmed by a spokesman of Australia's Immigration Department, the country's ABC television network reported on Sunday.

'Police are investigating the incident and have cordoned off the area where the man was found,' added the Australian broadcaster.

The cause of death has to be announced yet.

'This death is yet another bleak tragedy to arise out of the ongoing suffering and tensions on Manus Island,' Amnesty International Refugees Coordinator Graham Thom said on the death of the Iranian refugee whose name is not revealed yet and is the sixth refugee who dies in the detention center since 2014, according to the Australian figures.

Australia has constructed two detention centers in northern Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the Pacific Ocean.

There were reports on the rising tensions in the detention center on Manus Island prior to the death of the Iranian refugee.

'The asylum seekers confronted guards and police on Friday, refusing to leave the compound,' added ABC News.

The United Nations and human rights groups have objected tough policies of Canberra on illegal immigrants. Australia claims the strict measures are aimed to prevent dangerous trips using unsafe boats.

Some 450 Iranian refugees whose asylum requests have been rejected, are being kept in Nauru and Manus detention centers, according to some statistics.

Iran embassy to Australia has repeatedly expressed its deep concerns over the reported abuses against refugees and affirmed that it would welcome volunteer return of the Iranian people to their country.

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