Vigil for Omid Masoumali - A victim of systemic neglect
Updated: Aug 30, 2020
Please come to help us remember Omid's life, and to demand freedom for all refugees and people seeking asylum.
When: Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd September from 9:15 - 10:30 am. Where: Brisbane Magistrates Court, 363 George Street, Brisbane.
Details: Facebook event
Covid safe plan BYO face masks and hand sanitizer. Stay at home if you are unwell. If more than 10 people come we will break into separate groups.
OMID MASOUMALI - A VICTIM OF SYSTEMIC NEGLECT
Omid was an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire at the Nauru detention centre in April 2016. According to Omid's wife, he was without doctors' care for two hours at the medical facility and lay in agony for a further eight hours before morphine was administered. It took the Australian government 31 hours to get him to a special burns unit.
The coronial inquest into the death of Omid Masoumali resumes in Brisbane on Wednesday.
At the inquest, multiple witnesses detailed unhygienic conditions, broken and antiquated equipment, and under-trained staff at the Nauru hospital. Yet, Peter Dutton has described the healthcare standards on Nauru as better than "many hospitals in regional Australia". The inquest will be considering the response to Omid's request for psychological help in the weeks before he took his life.
Omid came to Australia seeking protection. He was denied this right.
He is one of thirteen asylum seekers to needlessly die because of Australia's brutal off-shore detention system. Omid's death highlights the injustice of maintaining offshore detention, as well as the indefinite detention in Australia of refugees transferred from Nauru and PNG.
Hosted by Refugee Action Collective Queensland
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