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Labor’s concentration camp on Nauru may soon claim its first life

From the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney

Omid, the Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru who has now been on hunger strike for 47 days, is rapidly deteriorating. It is likely he will die within the next few days. There are also five other Iranians on their 27th day of a hunger strike and 30 others who joined them last Friday.

In a statement, released by Omid on Sunday, he said, “I will not stop my hunger strike until they transfer me back to Australia or I will die here [on Nauru]. What is the difference between me and the others who come [to Australia] after 13th of August [and who will] be given bridging visas and be released to Australia. But me and 399 more must be stay here in [Nauru] in a very bad situation.”

He was returned to the camp on Nauru from hospital yesterday where he is now surrounded by four guards. More detail in our press release from yesterday here.

A heart renching statement was also released on the Nauru asylum seekers Facebook page on his condition:

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN about Omid 26/11/2012

The Government and people of Australia

The last breaths of Omids life and his situation is being receipted by security guards staff. After having hunger strike of 46 days including four days of refusing water.

His body getting paralysed and the internal function of his body is going to be stop soon. He is in extreme stage of internal bleeding. He has let the security and medical staff to know that his death bring all of them to the court of justice. The Nauru hospital doctor staff had observed and analysis him. They found out that it’s late to treat him. They reject him to be admitting in hospital. They left him in tent in the hand of God.

Is this the only solution for him?

He has gone on strike for this long time for the sake of his freedom.

Are you approve of his death?

Hasn’t it got the time to take him back to Australia and treat him the same as those, who arrived after 13th august?

Is this the object of killing him to teach the others to stop the hunger strike?

No we commit that the death of Omid will drag more asylum seekers to choose the same way.

The bitter reality of Nauru’s detention centre will shock the world

Asylum seekers Nauru

Demos in support of Omid and refugees:

Melbourne rally — The Refugee Action Collective has called a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Omid and all asylum seekers on Nauru.

Friday November 30, 7 – 9pm, Old City Square, corner Swanston and Collins Sts.

Speakers include Pamela Curr from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Aran Mylvaganam from the Tamil Refugee Council.

Sydney rally — Don’t let Omid die: call on the government to act now.

Rally in solidarity with hunger strikers on Nauru.

12.30pm. Friday 30 November, Tanya Plibersek’s Office, 150 Broadway, Chippendale.

Perth snap action — Save Omid.

Protest outside Louise Pratt’s office.

1pm. Wednesday 28 November, 81 Bennett St, East Perth. Contact Refugee Rights Action Network

Sign this petition.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen: Bring Omid to Australia, Don’t let Omid die on Nauru..”

Can you help this petition win by asking your friends to sign too? It’s easy to share with your friends on Facebook – just click here to share the petition on Facebook.