Omid Masoumali

Remember Omid Masoumali

Dear Prime Minister,

A year ago, Omid Masoumali died after a more than 24 hour delay in receiving medical treatment for severe burns. Omid was an Iranian asylum seeker in indefinite detention on Nauru. His wife saw him on fire. Omid's words before he poured petrol on himself were "This is how tired we are, this action will prove how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore."

A vigil for Omid Masoumali in Sydney. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

A vigil for Omid Masoumali in Sydney. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

A year later the refugees are still imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru. Omid's widow is still in solitary confinement.

Where is your humanity? Where is justice?

End offshore detention #237

Dear Prime Minister,

"There is an infinite scream inside of me, and I can’t hold it in any more."

These are the words of Omid Masoumali's widow, Pari.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/23/death-in-detention-id-give-everything-to-have-him-back

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/23/death-in-detention-id-give-everything-to-have-him-back

Prime Minister, why is Pari in high security detention in Melbourne? Read her story in Ben Doherty's article. Doherty describes her situation as Kafkaesque. I think he is wrong. It is genuinely Australian. Our country is now a place where the concept of mercy has been replaced by its opposite. The more a person or a group have suffered the more suffering we seem to be compelled to inflict onto them. Is this how we define ourselves and defend ourselves? We choose the weakest targets and inflict the greatest pain, pain without end. I guess we colonials have been practising on Indigenous Australians long enough to have really got good at it.

Free Pari.