Death of refugee crim­i­nal: Ad­vo­cates

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Yaren:

Refugee ad­vo­cates say it was crim­i­nal de­lay­ing treat­ment and care needed for an Ira­nian refugee who died from in­juries sus­tained from set­ting him­self ablaze on Nauru. The man, Omid, was flown to Aus­tralia on Thurs­day, 24 hours af­ter he set him­self alight in ap­par­ent protest in front of vis­it­ing United Na­tions of­fi­cials. But he died in a Bris­bane hospi­tal on Fri­day af­ter­noon. The Refugee Ac­tion Coali­tion’s Ian Rin­toul said the lack of ex­pe­ri­enced staff; the lack of med­i­cal sup­plies; the lack of at­ten­tion; the shock­ing con­di­tions at the Nauru hospi­tal and the de­lay in ar­rang­ing for the man to be medi­vacced from Nauru has cost him his life. He said those re­spon­si­ble must be held to ac­count. Mr Rin­toul said off­shore de­ten­tion claimed an­other life and that Omid’s name will be added to the names of Reza Barati and Hamid Khaz­aie. RNZI

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