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Iran protests to Australia over citizen’s death
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TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Australian Ambassador Paul Foley to protest the death of an Iranian citizen in an Australian-run immigration detention center on Monday.
 
During the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, the director general for consular affairs of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hossein Mir Fakhar, delivered a formal complaint over the incident and called for a revision of the way Australia is treating asylum-seekers on humanitarian grounds.
 
He also asked the Australian government to promptly investigate the cause of the incident and announce the results.
 
One Iranian asylum seeker was killed and 77 other asylum seekers were injured after a series of clashes broke out at the Australian-run immigration detention center on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island on Sunday and Monday.
 
Australia sends asylum seekers arriving by boat for detention and processing to offshore camps in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific territory of Nauru.
 
Conditions in these camps have been strongly criticized by UN agencies and rights groups.
 
Rights groups argue that prolonged detention in cramped, over-heated conditions, compounded by a lack of clarity over when asylum claims will be assessed and where the applicant might end up, can lead to mental health issues in detainees, according to BBC.
 
They have also questioned whether Australia is adequately protecting vulnerable people.
 
Greens Party spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said the violence showed the center “must be closed”.
 
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