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“It is feared that Omid Sorousheh, the 35 year old Iranian hunger striker on Nauru, may be close to death.

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 situation.”

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.

“We are calling on the Minister to end the cruelty of Nauru and immediately bring Omid to Australia. The Immigration Minister will be responsible if Omid dies. The Minister’s claim that the Nauru government runs the detention camp is a fiction,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

While some Sri Lankans have had entry interviews, the majority of asylum seekers at the camp are refusing to be interviewed. “Why are the asylum seekers who like me arrived in Australia after 13 August, starting their process in with DIAC and we are being processed in Nauru? Where is the justice?” asked one asylum seeker from Nauru.”

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