By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Saturday, 30 April 2016
An Iranian asylum seeker in Australia lost his life after self-immolating on April 27th in a New Guinea refugee camp as a UNHCR delegation was visiting the island.
This 23-year-old asylum seeker, Omid, was married and had spent the last three years of his life in this camp. Refugees who lived alongside Omid in this camp said arrangements were made for him to be sent to Australia for medical treatment. However, he was kept in that status on the island for more than 24 hours and was only taken to Australia when breathing his last breaths.
The Iranian Resistance issued the following statement after this asylum seeker self-immolated:
This Iranian refugee, reported to be in dire conditions, is among around 800 Iranian and Afghan refugees who had succeeded in reaching Australia but the Australian government, in breach of recognized refugee standards, has sent these refugees to Papua Islands in New Guinea.
The Iranian Resistance calls on the international community, especially the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Union and its member states, to condemn Australia’s ill-treatment of Iranian refugees and their expulsion from its soil in flagrant violation of international conventions and covenants and it further urges political parties and organizations defending refugee rights and human rights in Australia to rush to the aid of these refugees and prevent pressures brought upon them and their refoulement to Iran.