Immigration Minister Chris Bowen: Bring Omid to Australia, Don't let Omid die on Nauru.
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Don't Let Omid die on Nauru. Bring Omid and the other Asylum-Seekers to Australia for processing. Close Nauru and Manus Island and stop the inhumane treatment of Asylum-Seekers.
It is feared that Omid Sorousheh, the 35 year old Iranian hunger striker on Nauru, may be close to death.
On the 26/11/2012 Omid, who has been on hunger strike for 46 days, was returned to the Nauru detention camp late yesterday (Sunday 25 November), when the Nauru hospital declared that it was no longer able to care for him.
This (Monday) morning he remains in the camp surrounded by four security guards. Omid has been refusing water and he also self-harmed in the Nauru hospital on 24 November.
“Omid has only one or two days. We think that he will die,” one asylum seeker on Nauru told the Refugee Action Coalition.
In a statement, released by Omid yesterday, Sunday 25 November, Omid 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
Five other Iranians are on their 26th day of hunger strike. Thirty others began a hunger strike on Friday. Some of them have been refusing water are also refusing medical treatment. One of them has collapsed and is reportedly too weak to walk.
All the hunger strikers are demanding that Nauru be closed and that all asylum seekers on Nauru be returned to Australia to begin being processed.
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