A 36-year-old Pakistani refugee has been hospitalised after he set himself alight on Nauru on Friday. This comes amid warnings the government’s attempts to repeal the medevac laws could have fatal consequences, and accusations by Medecins Sans Frontieres that Nauru has breached medical ethics. There are also concerns that more than 50 men were sent to Papua New Guinea’s immigration detention centre without access to phones in a bid to block applications for medevac. The home affairs department confirmed an incident of self-harm had occurred on Nauru, and said the man was “receiving appropriate medical support” at the Republic of Nauru hospital. “The Australian and Nauru governments will continue to provide support,” a spokesman said. There are almost 300 people still on Nauru under the offshore processing regime established by the Australian government there and on PNG’s Manus Island. A Senate inquiry is examining a government bill to repeal the medevac laws, which give Australian doctors power to facilitate the urgent medical transfer of a refugee from Manus and Nauru. The government’s previous – and still existing – policy often saw delays of up to five years. At Sydney’s Westmead children’s hospital on Friday, a refugee paediatric health conference heard… Read full this story
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