UN urges Australia to release dangerously ill refugee who has ‘given up on living’ after eight years

UN human rights committee says Kaveh, who lies emaciated in a Melbourne hospital, should be moved to community detention

A dangerously ill refugee held within Australia’s immigration detention regime for eight years has secured an interim order from the United Nations human rights committee urging the Australian government to release him into the community.

Kaveh, a refugee from a Middle Eastern country, is currently in a Melbourne hospital, emaciated and suffering a range of complex physical and mental health issues. Standing at 176cm tall, he weighs just 47kg.

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Category: Mental Health