Iranian Refugee Dies After Setting Himself On Fire On Nauru

Friday, 29 April 2016 - 16:01

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An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire at Australia's immigration detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru died of his injuries on Friday, foreign media reports.

The 23-year-old man, who set himself alight on Wednesday in an apparent protest over Australia's strict asylum seeker policies, died in an Australian hospital after being airlifted there for treatment, Australia's immigration department said in a statement.

The refugee's actions were a protest intended to coincide with a visit to the island by representatives of the U.N. refugee agency, Nauru's government said earlier this week.

Australia refuses to accept asylum seekers who try to reach its shores by boat and pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to hold them in detention camps instead.



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