October 21, 2015
Bring back Abyan, Justice for Khodayar Amini
All pregnant refugees on Nauru to Australia now
Close Nauru, close Manus, end mandatory detention
When: 1-4pm, Saturday 24 October
Where: Bourke St Mall, Bourke St, Melbourne
Australian immigration officials seized Abyan from Villawood on Friday morning and dumped her back in Nauru in an extraordinarily desperate effort to avoid court action that might have prevented her from being removed to Nauru.
Abyan has not been medically treated since she was sexually assaulted. Despite being told that she would see in-house counsellors she did not get access to any counsellors for her planned termination and in interviews with nurses she did not have access to interpreters or her lawyer.
The department has wilfully ignored the medical advice that Abyan not be returned to the place of her rape.
When she was in Sydney she told advocates, “”I cannot go back to where this happened to me; I cannot go to where I was raped. What happened to me there (on Nauru) is what caused me to run away from Somalia. What happened to me in Somalia is what happened to me there (ie in Nauru).”
Khodayar Amini, a Hazara asylum seeker set himself on fire while on a video call to refugee advocates over the weekend. He subsequently died from his injuries. Khodayar was terrified of being sent back to detention or to Afghanistan, where most of his family had been killed by the Taliban.
Khodayar’s tragic death reveals the utter cruelty meted out on refugees by our government.
Join the Refugee Action Collective to demand to bring Abyan back, Justice for Khodayar and to shut down the horrific regime of mandatory detention and off shore processing.