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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby mothra » 11 Jun 2018, 23:51

Dying refugee on Nauru barred from coming to Australia for palliative care
Border force tells 63-year-old with advanced lung cancer he can go to Taiwan or return to Afghanistan

A dying Afghan refugee held on Nauru will not be allowed to come to Australia for palliative care.

The Australian Border Force has told 63-year-old Ali*, who is suffering advanced lung cancer, he is deemed to have “refused treatment” because he declined to be moved to Taiwan to die.

He told the ABF he did not want to go to Taiwan because he did not know anybody there, was concerned there would be no translator from his language, Hazaraghi, and that there would be no one to perform the Shia Muslim rituals and ceremonies on his body when he died.

The ABF has told Ali he will not be moved to Australia to die. The ABF has also offered Ali $25,000 to return home to Afghanistan. Ali is a member of the persecuted Hazara minority and has been formally recognised as a refugee – he faces a well-founded fear of persecution in Afghanistan and cannot be forcibly returned there. Australia is legally obliged to protect him.

Ali will stay on Nauru, where he is currently being held in the regional processing centre. Doctors have described the situation there as “totally inadequate” for a person requiring advanced palliative care.

Doctors familiar with his case say his prognosis is “dire”, and his life expectancy is “a matter of months”.

An on-island report seen by the ABF says: “He states that he is very scared and feels alone and isolated and that this will be made worse if he goes to Taiwan as he will have no supports other than the IHMS and ABF liaison with whom he is not able to communicate with. He feels that his case is hopeless and he is giving up.”

Ali, who has a wife and children in Afghanistan, previously worked in construction during his five years held on Nauru but his illness has left him requiring around-the-clock care.

“His health condition is getting worse, very dangerous every day,” a member of the Afghan Hazara community held on Nauru told Guardian Australia.

“He is losing weight, it seems like he is going to die very soon.”

Another community member said friends had pleaded with Australian officials for assistance.

“But the ABF totally rejected his request: they said go to Taiwan for medical help; second option, go back to Afghanistan; third option is to stay here for as long as you are alive.

“He is very angry, he is very upset as well. He said these people do not have a human heart.”

Nauru sources say ABF staff on the island are concerned about the reaction of the refugee and asylum seeker community if Ali dies on the island. On-island ABF staff have made repeated requests to Canberra for intervention in his case.

Sources inside the regional processing centre confirmed that high-profile or politically-sensitive medical cases were decided not by the ABF but by executive-level officials of the Department of Home Affairs: in some cases as high as the secretary of the department or the minister for home affairs.

ABF recommendations from Nauru were often overruled at executive level inside the Department of Home Affairs.

The decision to offer Taiwan as a medical transfer can only be made by senior home affairs department staff.

IHMS, the Australian government’s contracted health provider on Nauru, refused to answer questions about when it had become aware of Ali’s critical health needs, when it first requested he be moved, or how many transfer requests it had made.

The Department of Home Affairs, which oversees the ABF, said it would not comment on individual cases, but that medical transfer decisions “occur on a case-by-case basis according to clinical need, in consultation with the contracted health services provider and the government of Nauru … [and] with the permission of the individual”.

“Australia has provided significant funding and support over a number of years to improve health infrastructure in Nauru.”

On Nauru, the situation among the refugee population is already tense. The large cohort of Iranian refugees has been effectively excluded from the US resettlement deal by the presidential travel ban.

There is also an acute and growing issue around child mental health. Australian courts have ordered acutely unwell children – some of whom are as young as 10 and who have attempted suicide repeatedly – to be moved to Australia.

The deaths of refugees and asylum seekers who die in Australia from injuries and illnesses sustained in offshore detention are routinely investigated by the coroner.

The death of Hamid Kehazaei, who died from sepsis after his medical transfer was refused and then delayed by bureaucrats in Canberra, has been before a Brisbane coroner, due to report later this year.

The inquest into the death of Fazel Chegeni, who died on Christmas Island after escaping from the detention centre there, will begin later this year.

An inquest into the death of Omid Masoumali, who died in Brisbane after publicly self-immolating on Nauru, has not yet been scheduled.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/11/dying-refugee-on-nauru-barred-from-coming-to-australia-for-palliative-care?CMP=soc_567
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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby mothra » 15 Jun 2018, 18:06

Iranian asylum seeker dies by suicide on Nauru
Fariborz K, 26, found dead on Friday morning in Australian-run regional processing centre

A 26-year-old Iranian asylum seeker has died on Nauru, reportedly by suicide in his tent in the Australian-run regional processing centre.

The body of 26-year-old Fariborz K was found in his tent by a family member at about 9am local time on Friday morning. He had recently married. His mother and 12-year-old brother are also being held on Nauru.

Fariborz’s wife and mother were both hospitalised on Friday afternoon. His 12-year-old brother Ali has been taken into care by camp authorities.

Sources inside RCP3 – the family camp – said refugees and asylum seekers attempted to help Fariborz when they found him in his tent but they were unable to revive him.

In April, Fariborz’s younger brother Ali made a public plea for help for his mother, Fazileh, who was suffering acute physical and mental illnesses, and said his brother was suffering a mental crisis.

“I feel helpless because there is no one to help us. There is no one to see how we are suffering. My mother is very sick and my brother is totally depressed,” the boy said in a video.

An IHMS health summary report for Fariborz, completed on April 24 this year, identified him as “being severely traumatised” as a result of being held captive as a 10-year-old child in Iran.

“He reported long-term engement with psychiatrists in Iran and was on medication at that time. Mr K states though his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms continue, that he did not wish to engage with specialist health services.”

In a November assessment he declined to complete a mental health assessment.

“He spoke of being angry at times in the context of his long-term detention,” the report said.

Fariborz had also begged for help for his mother. In a handwritten note, written in English, he wrote: “I take the IHMS responsible for my mother’s drastic health situation. My mother’s health is now its worst”.

A friend of Fariborz said he had been frustrated by his family’s stalemate after five years detained on Nauru.

“I saw him only yesterday. He was a young athletic guy, but he had been suffering a long time because of his family’s situation. He was sick and tired.”

Fariborz is the third asylum seeker or refugee to die by suicide on Nauru, and comes only three weeks after a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island killed himself.

Twelve people have died from injuries or illness sustained in offshore processing centres since the facilities were reopened in late 2012: asylum seekers and refugees have been murdered by guards or have died from sepsis, medical neglect, accident and suicide.

A spokesman for the department of immigration said: “the department is aware of the death in Nauru today, 15 June 2018. Further enquiries should be referred to Nauruan authorities”.

Staff at the regional processing centre told the Guardian: “it is Australia’s responsibility, it happened in their camp”.

Iranian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island, said: “Department of Home Affairs has referred the case to Nauruan authorities as always. It’s Australia that is responsible for his death, not Nauru! You are the one who exiled people there and denied them medical treatment and support. Dutton must give an answer to people.”

The Nauruan government issued a statement on the man’s death. “We can confirm that a man has died in the Nauru regional processing centre today. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with his family. Police are investigating.”

Spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul, said the Australian government was responsible for the man’s death.

“There have so many warnings but the toll mounts day by day; the neglect continues. So many cases of medical neglect.”

“Peter Dutton must bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The US deal is a farce that is now excluding Iranians and Somalis. Dutton has nowhere to settle the people who have been dumped on Nauru and are now dying of despair.

Rintoul said news of the man’s death had devastated the asylum seeker and refugee community on Nauru.

“He was a well-known, well-liked, athletic young man who did everything he could for his brother and mother.”


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/15/iranian-asylum-seeker-dies-by-suicide-on-nauru
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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby pinkeye » 16 Jun 2018, 00:43

sickening The Australian Government, AND all Australian citizens must hang their heads in shame for this disgusting policy.

The only way it could get any worse is if the bodies are processed for fertilizer. :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :stop :stop :stop
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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby pinkeye » 16 Jun 2018, 00:46

and.. for all you CHRISTIANS, like OUR GOVT, who support this policy , you are ALL GOING TO ROT IN HELL for eternity.. You are all murderers.

EVERY person who has ever expressed support for this government will rot in hell, or the equivalent. :mad
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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby johnsmith » 16 Jun 2018, 08:14

pinkeye wrote:The only way it could get any worse is if the bodies are processed for fertilizer.



sshhhh .... someone from the liberal party will read this and claim this idea as their own
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Re: The latest shame from Nauru

Postby mothra » 16 Jun 2018, 17:14

Iranian asylum seeker begged for help: 'I am suffering intensely'
Fariborz Karami, who took his life, had repeatedly asked for psychiatric help during his time at Nauru

Fariborz Karami had been crying out for help for years.

Almost since being taken into immigration detention in 2013, Karami, the asylum seeker who killed himself inside the Australian-run regional processing centre on Nauru on Friday, had, over years, consistently asked for medical intervention to arrest his deteriorating mental health.

“The thought of suicide doesn’t ever leave me. I am suffering intensely every day,” the former dentistry student wrote in one plea to see a doctor.

The 26-year-old Karami died by suicide inside his tent in the RPC3 camp on Nauru on Friday morning. Recently married, he had been held on Nauru, along with his mother and 12-year-old brother, for five years.

Karami had a background of torture and trauma. A member of Iran’s Kurdish ethnic minority, which faces systematic persecution in that country, he had been kidnapped as a 10-year-old boy and held for three months, threatened every day he would be killed. Psychiatrists identified him as “being severely traumatised”.

From his time inside Australia’s immigration detention system – first on Christmas Island, and then on Nauru – Karami’s extensive medical file is littered with requests for appointments with psychiatrists and psychologists, and charts his downward spiral to death.

In one example in 2014, he filled out a client medical request form to medical services provider IHMS, begging to see a psychiatrist. He said he could not escape thoughts of suicide.

“I want to see a psychologist, not a nurse,” he wrote in halting English, “I have severe mental problems to the point of thinking of suicide.”

In Persian, he continued: “I am suffering from severe mental illness. I feel absolutely terrible. I am going to go mad from over thinking. Please arrange a psychiatrist meeting for me as soon as possible.”

Across dozens of pages of request forms and assessments, referrals and clinical notes, Karami’s worsening condition is laid bare. Acknowledging his traumatic past, psychiatrists reported a “decline in coping strategies” exacerbated by his long-running detention, uncertainty over his future, and concern for his brother and mother.

“I know myself. I have used reading and studying in the past as a distraction – doesn’t work anymore.”

Doctors recognised his deteriorating condition, reporting: “increased suicidal ideation and agitation. Requesting medication to ‘help with suicidal thoughts’”.

But Karami’s latest reports appear to show him disengaging. He began missing appointments. Last November, he declined to complete a mental health assessment.

“He spoke of being angry at times in the context of his long-term detention,” the report said.

“IHMS has not been helpful at all,” Karami told the doctors at that meeting, “no-one steps forward for us, and we live in a hot tent and can’t breathe.”

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An IHMS health summary completed on April 24 this year said he had missed mental health screenings but that “no concerns ... had otherwise been identified”.

“He reported long-term engagement with psychiatrists in Iran and was on medication at that time. Mr Karami states though his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms continue, that he did not wish to engage with specialist health services.”

However, those around Karami recognised his decline. Also in April, Karami’s 12-year-old brother Ali made a public plea for help for his mother, Fazileh, who was suffering acute physical and mental illnesses. She had been promised a medical transfer to Taiwan but this was cancelled at the last minute. Ali also warned his brother was suffering a mental crisis.

“I feel helpless because there is no one to help us. There is no one to see how we are suffering. My mother is very sick and my brother is totally depressed,” the boy said in a video, published in the Guardian.

International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) is contracted by the Australian government to provide health services to refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru.

Guardian Australia put written questions to IHMS about the medical treatment Karami received.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “IHMS follows a clear client confidentiality and privacy policy and will not disclose information about individual cases.”

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About 9am on Friday morning, Karami was found close to death, in his tent inside the “RPC3” – or family camp – of the Australian-run regional processing centre.

He was found by his wife. Efforts by family and friends to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife and mother were hospitalised after his death, and his younger brother taken into the care of camp authorities.

A friend of Karami said he had been frustrated by his family’s stalemate after five years of being detained on Nauru. The family’s claim for protection had not been recognised.

“I saw him only yesterday. He was a young athletic guy, but he had been suffering a long time because of his family’s situation. He was sick and tired.”

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Karami is the third asylum seeker or refugee to die by suicide on Nauru, and comes only three weeks after a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island killed himself.

Twelve people have died from injuries or illness sustained in offshore processing centres since the facilities were reopened in late 2012: asylum seekers and refugees have been murdered by guards or have died from sepsis, medical neglect, accident and suicide.

A spokesman for the department of immigration said: “The department is aware of the death in Nauru today, 15 June 2018. Further enquiries should be referred to Nauruan authorities.”

Staff at the regional processing centre told the Guardian: “It is Australia’s responsibility, it happened in their camp.”

Iranian journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island, wrote in a tweet: “Department of Home Affairs has referred the case to Nauruan authorities as always. It’s Australia that is responsible for his death, not Nauru! You are the one who exiled people there and denied them medical treatment and support. Dutton must give an answer to people.”

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Department of Home Affairs has referred the case to Nauruan authorities as always. It’s Australia that is responsible for his death not Nauru! You are the one who exiled people there and denied them medical treatment and support. Dutton must give an answer to people!#Nauru

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The Nauruan government issued a statement on the man’s death. “We can confirm that a man has died in the Nauru regional processing centre today. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with his family. Police are investigating.”

The spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition Ian Rintoul said the Australian government was responsible for the man’s death.

“There have so many warnings but the toll mounts day by day, the neglect continues. So many cases of medical neglect.

“Peter Dutton must bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia. The US deal is a farce that is now excluding Iranians and Somalis. Dutton has nowhere to settle the people who have been dumped on Nauru and are now dying of despair.”

Rintoul said news of the man’s death had devastated asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru.

“He was a well-known, well-liked, athletic young man who did everything he could for his brother and mother.”

Kate Schuetze, a refugee researcher at Amnesty International, said Australia’s policies were “reckless and cruel” and endangered lives.

“The fact that this man and his family have spent the last five years living in a tent in an Australian-run detention centre on Nauru is in itself disgraceful. He came to Australia seeking protection, a request that was denied, and was instead detained in appalling and inhumane conditions.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/16/iranian-asylum-seeker-begged-for-help-i-am-suffering-intensely?CMP=soc_567
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