April 20, 2018

Asylum seeker dies in Australia from self-inflicted burns

Australia sends asylum seekers to a detention centre on the island nation of Nauru


A 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker who set himself on fire at Australia’s detention centre on the island of Nauru has died.
Australia’s immigration department confirmed the man died at Brisbane Hospital on Friday.
His actions were a “political protest”, according to the Nauruan government.
Australia sends asylum seekers it intercepts for processing at offshore locations, including Nauru, a small Pacific Island nation.
The man, known as Omid, set himself on fire at the Nauru detention centre on Tuesday and was airlifted to Brisbane Hospital in Australia with severe burns to his torso.
A statement from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it was providing “appropriate support” to the man’s wife and friends.
Graphic video footage of the incident, which reportedly occurred during a United Nations visit to the island, has been published on Australian news websites.
This man’s death comes as Australia’s other offshore processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, is threatened with closure.
Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers was unconstitutional and therefore illegal on Wednesday.

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