An asylum seeker being held at an Australian detention camp on Manus Island has been found dead, hanging from a tree.
Hamed Shamshiripour, a 31-year-old Iranian national, was found near the East Lorengau refugee transit center on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island on Monday.
The Australian immigration department said it was aware of the death and the Papua New Guinea authorities are investigating the matter.
The circumstances surrounding Shamshiripour's death are unclear.
But refugees on Manus are questioning initial reports that he had committed suicide after injuries were reportedly found on his body.
Shamshiripour's death has sparked outrage by other refugees and human rights groups who blame officials for failing to treat him despite a long history of mental illness.
Behrouz Boochani, a journalist and Iranian refugee who has been held on Manus Island since 2013, said on Twitter that eight months ago, refugees had sent a letter to authorities "stating [Shamshiripour] needs medical treatment".
He added that authorities "did not care".
There are currently more than 790 asylum seekers are being held on Manus Island, according to government data from July.
Under Australian law, anyone intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat is sent to detention centers on Manus Island or the Pacific island of Nauru for processing.
The Australian government maintains they will never be eligible to be resettled in Australia.
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