Activists hold placards and chant slogans as they protest outside the offices of the Australian Immigration Department in Sydney, Australia, in this file picture taken February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jarni Blakkarly/Files
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An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire during a visit by the United Nations to Nauru has died, officials said Friday, with advocates blaming his "senseless death" on Australia's hardline immigration policy.The 23-year-old known as Omid set fire to himself Wednesday on the remote Pacific island where he had been sent by Australia, which refuses to resettle boat people even if found to be genuine refugees. Australia's policy has been heavily criticized internationally, including by the U.N., and in October Nauru's Regional Processing Center was converted into an "open center", giving its inhabitants freedom of movement.
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