October 23, 2015
The Refugee Action Collective has organised a speak-out protest in the Bourke St Mall Melbourne tomorrow Saturday Oct 24 from1.00pm demanding ‘Abyan’ be brought back to Australia. She remains in urgent need of an abortion and mental health care.
- Mohammad Baqiri – refugee activist and Afghan refugee
- Halima Mohammad – representative from Somali community-Australia
- Farah Warsame – representative from Somali community-Australia
‘Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has said “It is my dream that Australia will, in the future, be known for respecting women”. If he means it, the respect must start with Abyan. But so far she has been treated with brutal contempt. Incredulously Immigration Minister Peter Dutton accused refugees like Abyan in need of medical treatment as being part of a ‘racket’. Dutton callously arranged for Abyan to be forced to Nauru without an abortion because he was desperate to avoid court action that might have kept her here. The Minister has wilfully ignored medical advice that Abyan not be returned to the place of her rape’. said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective
The Refugee Action Collective comes as Amnesty International has issued an urgent action alert
‘We welcome Amnesty’s action increasing the pressure to bring Abyan back, and drawing attention to the human rights abuses of the Australian government ‘ continued Breen.
‘The Refugee Action Collective will also be demanding justice for Khodayar Amini, a Hazara asylum who seeker set himself on fire and later 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. His death was avoidable, and is also on Minister Dutton’s hands. We will be demanding Justice for Khodayar that would mean permanent protection for all refugees and end to deportations to danger’ concluded Breen.
- Bring back Abyan, Justice for Khodayar Amini
- All pregnant refugees on Nauru to Australia now
- Close Nauru, close Manus, end mandatory detention
1.00pm Saturday Oct 24 Bourke St Mall
For further comment call Chris Breen for the refugee Action Collective on 0403 013 183