October 16, 2015
Refugee Action Coalition
URGENT: IMMIGRATION ATTEMPTING TO RETURN RAPED SOMALI REFUGEE TO NAURU
The Immigration Department has grabbed Abyan from her room at
Villawood this morning (Friday, 16 September) to return her to Nauru.
She is presently being processed at Villawood detention centre.
Abyan has not seen any counsellors, nor been advised of any medical
arrangements for her planned termination.
“This removal to Nauru must be stopped. Abyan has requested to see
counsellors and to get advice from doctors to discuss the planned
termination of her pregnancy. There has been no counselling and no
arrangements to see counsellors or doctors,” said Ian Rintoul,
spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“I sat with Abyan on Tuesday at Villawood where she made it clear that
she wanted to see counsellors regarding the termination of her
pregnancy. She has been denied the right to seek advice from doctors.
“Immigration is claiming that Abyan has declined to proceed with the
termination, but this has not been confirmed with Abyan herself.
“This attempt to remove her is the most shocking violation of her
rights imaginable. It is a vindictive move by the government against
someone who has already suffered months of unnecessary trauma on
“We are urging everyone who has been moved by Abyan’s plight and the
situation of refugee women on Nauru to urgently contact the Prime
Minister and the Immigration Minister to put halt to Abyan’s
For more information contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713.