Perpetual Insecurity 4d - the slow killing of Seyed Mirwais Rohani


‘Long enough to destroy someone’s life’: the slow killing of Dr Rohani

[imagecaption] Stop Deaths on Manus, vigil for Rajeev Rajendran, Whadjuk Noongar Country, Boorloo (Perth), 2017. Photo: Marziya Mohammedali. [/imagecaption]


‘I didn’t see anything but respect, morality and understanding. We shared same pain for long time, long enough to destroy someone’s life.’

Farhad Rahmati, friend and former roomate

Dr. Seyed Mirwais Rohani suicided while living in community detention in Brisbane in October 2019. The 32-year-old had been transferred to Australia for medical care in 2017, after being subjected to 4 years of detention in PNG. During the period that he was incarcerated by the Australian government on Manus Island and in Lorengau, his mental health deteriorated. In 2015, he faced charges as a result of an incident in the Manus prison, however these were withdrawn on the basis of his psychological state at the time. Upon his arrival in Australia he was hospitalised before being released into community detention. Several attempts were made by members of his family to have him reunite with them in the UK, however these were not permitted by immigration authorities.

Despite his transfer from PNG to Australia, Dr. Rohani remained unfree. The psychological toll of years of detention, combined with the uncertainty and insecurity of having a temporary and ill-defined status in the Australian community did not provide the conditions required for recovery or survival.


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