A refugee remains in a critical condition after setting himself on fire on Nauru, in what the Nauruan Government has described as a “political protest”.
An immediate medical evacuation has been requested for the 23-year-old Iranian.
A video obtained by the ABC appears to show a man suffering burns to large portions of his body,after he set himself on fire outside the centre earlier today.
He is heard moaning.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that Australia was planning to “provide an air lift for him later tonight”.
But Mr Dutton said the man remained in a “very serious condition”.
“He is in a very, very serious condition and his outlook is not good at all,” he said.
Mr Dutton also confirmed that there had been other incidents of self-harm at the centre.
“There have been other incidents where people have self-harmed or sought to self-harm,” he said.
“What we’ve been very clear about is that if people come to Australia for medical assistance they’ll be returning back to Nauru once that medical assistance has been provided.
“We have returned three people back to Nauru from Australia and they have returned because the medical assistance that they sought in Australia has been provided.”
UNHCR staff witnessed protest
The incident coincided with a visit from three Canberra-based UNHCR staff, who all witnessed the man’s actions.
The ABC understands the man is named Omid Saki and has been on Nauru for three years.
An Iranian woman witnessed the incident and told the ABC that Omid got distressed during a meeting with UNHCR staff.
“He got very angry and distressed and burnt himself,” she said.
“None of them helped. None of them called an ambulance, they just called the police and ran away.