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Iranian Refugee Dies After Self-Immolation Protest On Nauru

An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire at Australia's immigration detention camp on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru has died of his injuries.

The 23-year-old man set himself alight on April 27 to protest Australia's strict policies on asylum seekers.

Australia's immigration department said he died in an Australian hospital on April 29 after being airlifted there for treatment.

Nauru's government says the detained Iranian refugee’s self-immolation was a protest intended to coincide with a visit to the island by representatives of the United Nations' refugee agency.

Australia refuses to accept asylum seekers who try to reach its shores by boat.

It pays Nauru and Papua New Guinea to hold them in detention camps instead.

But Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced on April 27 that its refugee detention center would be closed after the supreme court in his country ruled the facility was illegal.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters