You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Vigil for dead Sudanese asylum seeker

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016 Rebekah Ison

A crowd has gathered to rememberer the life of a Sudanese asylum seeker who died in a Brisbane hospital on Christmas Eve.

Refugee advocates say 27-year-old Faysal Ishak Ahmed, who had been housed on Manus Island, did not receive adequate treatment before he died.

Dozens of people holding signs saying "close the camps" and "Dutton, Blood on your hands" descended on Sydney's Hyde Park for a vigil on Friday night.

Among them was Central Coast Anglican Archdeacon Father Rod Bower who said he feared for the "soul" of Australia.

"It's not just about refugees... it's about the soul of the Australian people," said Fr Bower, who clarified he did not mean a religious soul.

"My message is that every time a refugee dies in our protection, supposedly, then something in the Australian psyche dies as well," he told AAP.

Advocates have called for a royal commission into medical care at Australia's offshore detention centres.

Mr Ahmed collapsed at the Manus Island centre two days before his death and had been ill for more than six months, according to a fellow refugee on the island.

The day after the death, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he made no apologies for the government's offshore detention policy.

"That has stopped the people smuggling and it's stopped the drownings at sea," he told reporters on Christmas Day.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon