Justice for Rakib. Call an inquiry into his death on Nauru.

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On May 11, 2016, Rakib Khan died. He was just 24 years old. A Bangladeshi refugee seeking protection due to his sexuality, Rakib had been kept in offshore detention on the tiny island nation of Nauru. His untimely death made headlines, but to this day, the cause of his death remains a mystery.

For the last four years, his grieving family have searched for answers as to how this healthy young man died so suddenly. His mother, whose own health is failing, still does not know what killed her son.

The Australian government has ignored calls for an inquest into how Rakib died. The Nauru government refuses to investigate, even after a forensic pathologist could not determine the young man’s cause of death.

Now, a whistleblower has come forward with vital information about the quality of Rakib’s care in Nauru’s hospital. A nurse who worked there at the time of Khan’s death told BuzzFeed News of their concerns over his treatment by hospital doctors.

“They didn’t take him as a serious case...The doctor just took his vitals and gave him Panadol,” said the nurse. Instead of running vital tests, staff sent Rakib back to the offshore detention facility.

Rakib returned the next day in an ambulance, but by then it seems it was already too late. Rakib died as doctors prepared to medically evacuate him to Australia from Nauru.

Under the heading “cause of death”, the autopsy report simply says: “UNASCERTAINED”.

The Australian people deserve an explanation for this death that happened under our government’s watch.

Rakib's mother deserves to know how her son died.

Please join us to demand that our government call a parliamentary or senate enquiry into Rakib Khan's death.