Lankan on Nauru jailed after attemping suicide

12241664_951349761605421_5542461072927483162_nRefugee advocates are concerned for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru who has been jailed after he attempted to commit suicide at the detention centre there.

The Tamil Refugee Council, based in Australia, says the 30-year-old man climbed up a tree where he stayed for nine hours on Sunday, and was threatening to jump.

The Council’s spokesperson, Aran Mylvaganam says his refugee application was rejected recently, after being in detention for two and a half years.

Mylvaganam said detention centre workers told the man he would receive help if he came down, but when he did, the police arrested him.

The Tamil asylum seeker on Nauru climbed up a tree on Sunday at 9am local time and threatened to commit suicide unless his family is released from detention into Australia.

The man came with a five year old daughter and his wife.

“We have received photographs of the incident. While the man was on the tree, there were guards at the bottom of the tree and as part of the onlookers were the wife and the five-year-old child, we were able to see in the photos the five-year-old child was crying looking at her dad threatening to commit suicide. At about 6pm local time the guards convinced the man to come down with the promise that he would get a positive response within 24 hours. As soon as he came down Nauruan police came and arrested him and he is in jail at the moment,” Mylvaganam told Radio New Zealand.

Mylvaganam says the conditions on Nauru mean children and adults are not living a normal life and the Tamil Refugee Council want the Australian government to free this family and free all the children, and other adults, on Nauru. (Colombo Gazette)