Tamil asylum seeker dies in Queensland hospital after suicide attempt

Tamil asylum seeker dies in Queensland hospital after suicide attempt

A Tamil asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, who had attempted to commit suicide, has died at a hospital in Queensland, Australia after his life support was switched off, Australia’s 9 News reported.

The 45-year-old man was admitted to Logan Hospital south of Brisbane last week after attempting to take his own life.

The suicide attempt has left him brain dead and his life support has been switched off on Sunday.

He reportedly fell into a deep depression several weeks ago after his asylum application was initially rejected.

According to refugee advocate Ian Rintoul, the man arrived in Australia in 2014 after being on Nauru since 2012, and leaves behind a wife and four children in Sri Lanka.

Mr Rintoul said the delay in processing is resulting in many people who might have been assessed as genuine refugees having their applications denied because of changes in their home countries, with a number of Sri Lankan Tamils having their asylum claims denied recently.

“It’s very contentious this question about how much (Sri Lanka) has changed since they left and how safe people are,” Mr. Rintoul said.

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