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Australian Border Force authorities on Nauru have rejected Fariborz mother’s wishes that Fariborz’s body be sent to Australia for burial.

Fariborz’s mother wrote a plea to Border Force on 27 June. More than 200 refugees also presented a petition to Border Force requesting that Fariborz body be sent to Australia and for help for his wife, mother and younger brother.

Border Force officers insisted the only options were to send Fariborz’s body to Iran or arrange the burial on Nauru.

The family have rejected both options as it would mean permanent separation of the family from Fariborz’s final resting place.

Since the Border Force declaration this afternoon, Fariborz’s distraught mother is staging a protest sit-in at the gates of RPC1,  ‘so vehicles won’t disturb my son.’

Fariborz’s body is being kept in a container in RPC 1; the detention administration compound  where the family has also been held since Fariborz’s death on 15 June.

‘Women Supporting Women On Nauru’ has begun a petition to call on the government to allow Fariborz’s family to bring his body to Australia.


“What possible reason could there be to deny the family’s request?” asked Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.  “Australia is a lot closer than Iran, and there is family in Australia that can tend for Fariborz’s body and give his family some peace of mind.

“The government’s refusal is heartless beyond belief. We are urging the government to positively respond to Fariborz’s family’s request.  Fariborz and his family should never have been on Nauru. The least the government can do is to respect the wishes of his family and the community and bring his body to Australia.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 285 713

5pm 13 Jul | Paint the Town Refugee

When: 5-6:30pm, 13 July 2018

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Facebook event here

Calling all human rights activists! Join the Refugee Action Collective on 13 July to cover the Melbourne CBD in posters, leaflets and stencils to promote our “5 Years Too Many Rally for Refugees”. This important rally is to demand that the Australian government immediately close down the abusive immigration detention centres on Manus and Nauru, and bring all of the refugees and asylum seekers held there to Australia. To help build momentum for the rally, we need people to leaflet at Central Station, poster every bollard, cover the footpath in chalk stencils, ask stores to put up our material, and we need to make hundreds of placards. There will be plenty of materials, but you can bring your own too if you like. Bring a friend, or meet new people to work with at our stall. Newcomers very welcome.


More than two weeks since Fariborz Karami died on Nauru, the Australia Border Force (ABF) has made no arrangements to meet his family’s request that his body be buried in Australia.

The Iranian community on Nauru has initiated a petition calling for the ABF to respect the family’s wishes and make immediate arrangements for Fariborz’s body to be brought to Australia. (Copies of some pages are attached).

Over 200 refugees and asylum seekers have signed the petition which is circulating in all of Nauru’s refugee camps including RPC 2, which holds single men, and RPC 3 Family camp where Fariborz lived with his family.

The petition was presented to the Australian Border Force on Sunday 1 July, after the government had ignored calls by Fariborz’s wife for his body to be brought to Australia.

“The complete lack of concern from Border Force for the wishes of the family is causing anguish and distress for the family and the whole community on Nauru,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “The government has a particular responsibility for Fariborz’s death and the welfare of his family.”

“Bringing Fariborz’s body to Australia is the least that the government can do. Besides just being the decent thing to do, the government has a on-going duty of care of care for the family.

“Even before Fariborz’s death there were concerns for his family’s mental health. That concern has been magnified by the government’s inaction. We need immediate action from the government to bring Fariborz’s family to Australia,” said Rintoul.

Since Fariborz’s death on 15 June, his mother, his 12 year-old brother and his wife have been held in RPC 1, the detention administration compound.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713.