World Bulletin / News Desk
Australia’s immigration minister accused "advocates and others" of providing false hope to people held in the country’s offshore detention centers, after a young Somali woman became the second refugee to set herself on fire on Nauru in a week.
Peter Dutton slammed those he said were “encouraging some of these people to behave in a certain way, believing that that pressure exerted on the Australian Government will see a change in our policy in relation to our border protection measures."
News broadcaster ABC quoted him telling reporters, “no action advocates or those in regional processing countries will cause the Government to deviate from its course."
The Somali woman -- whose age was reported between 19 and 21 -- was transferred to Australia in critical condition after setting herself on fire Monday on Nauru.
She had reportedly been returned to the island nation last week after receiving medical treatment on the mainland.
The incident came three days after a 23-year-old Iranian man died from injuries sustained after his self-immolation in front of United Nations representatives visiting the detention center.
On Monday, the ABC reported that his wife had told an official from Doctors for Refugees that he had suffered without morphine for 10 hours and waited 24 hours for a medical airlift to Australia’s mainland.
Dutton’s comments Tuesday were disputed by an official from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, who insisted that advocates were involved firsthand in trying to keep those detained on Nauru calm and hopeful.
"I know that there are advocates out there, like me, who are texting, messaging, WhatsApping all the time," the ABC quoted Pamela Curr as saying. "Of course we don't want them to hurt themselves."
She described the Somali woman as "beside herself with distress" after being sent back to Nauru.
Under its immigration policy, Australia detains asylum seekers who arrive by boat at offshore detention centers including Nauru, where conditions have been described as appalling by rights advocates.
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