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Behrouz Boochani

Iranian-Kurdish writer, asylum seeker held in Australian detention centre in PNG

Behrouz Boochani is an Iranian-Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, writer and film producer. He was born in western Iran. He was held in the Australian-run Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea from 2013 until its closure in 2017. He remained on the island before being moved to Port Moresby along with the other detainees around September 2019. On 14 November 2019 he was reported to have arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand on a one-month visa, to speak at a special event organised by WORD Christchurch on 29 November, as well as other speaking events.

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