IMMIGRATION NEGLIGENCE PUTS NAURU MOTHER AND BABY AT RISK

Refugee Action Coalition
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> MEDIA RELEASE
> IMMIGRATION NEGLIGENCE PUTS NAURU MOTHER AND BABY AT RISK
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> The Refugee Action Coalition is calling for the heavily pregnant, 34
> year-old, Kurdish asylum seeker, Hatami, to be
> urgently brought to Australia to give birth.
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> Hatami’s diabetic pregnancy, means the welfare of herself and her baby
> is at serious risk. That risk has been dramatically increased because
> the baby is also in the breech position.
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> It has also been revealed that the Immigration and Border Force
> Department is making urgent attempts to find a neonatologist to go to
> Nauru (as early as today, Friday 6 November) and be prepared to stay a
> week.
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> Hatami’s husband Rashid, wrote to the IHMS and the Immigration
> Department and to detention managers Transfield on Nauru at least
> three times in September appealing for help for his wife, but his
> appeals were ignored. (Copies of letters available on request.)
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> “The deliberate delays by the Immigration Department have put the
> lives of baby and mother at risk,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for
> the Refugee Action Coalition.
> “The risks in a diabetic pregnancy are well established. To delay
> proper treatment to the point where lives are at risk is medical
> negligence of the worst kind.
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> “Medical best-practice is a distant second to ideologically driven
> policy agenda of the Immigration Department and the minister, Peter
> Dutton. This is the second time in three weeks that Border Force
> policy has over-ridden medical advice.
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> “Abyan, the pregnant Somali refugee’s requests for medical attention
> were also ignored for weeks. Now Border Force is playing with the life
> of another woman.
> “Hatami must be brought to Australia for the medical assistance she
> and her baby urgently need.”
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> Hatami, her husband Rashid, and their four year old son, have been on
> Nauru since 15 May, 2014. Like most other children in the Nauru
> detention centre, their son has been diagnosed with “passive”
> tuberculosis.
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> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

8am Nov 5 | Protest Turnbull – Close Manus, Close Nauru – bring Nazanin’s family and pregnant refugees to Australia

 Protest Turnbull – Close Manus, Close Nauru – bring Nazanin’s family and pregnant refugees to Australia

When: 8am Thursay 5th November

Where: Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins St, Melbourne

grand hyatt

There is a new prime minister but the same old rotten refugee policies. Join a protest to tell Malcom Turnbull in person that this has to change.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be speaking at a conference this Thursday morning https://www.ivvy.com/event/ESOC15/agendaw which is asking such questions as “Is the social welfare system sustainable?” Meanwhile billions continue to be poured into the mistreatment of refugees. The Refugee Action Collective has called a protest to end the hypocrisy and shut Manus and Nauru.

The Coalition government is taking 12,000 Syrian refugees, but continues to imprison other Syrians offshore – for over 26 months now. Turnbull says he is ‘concerned’ about refugees on Manus and Nauru, but ‘they will never come to Australia’. Prime Minister Turnbull says ‘It is my dream that Australia will be known for respecting women’ but ‘Abyan’ pregnant from rape was treated with contempt by the government, and offshore processing remains a key source of violence against women. The Australian government is complicit in the cover up of the scale of sexual assault of refugee women on Nauru. They have allowed refugees to be left vulnerable to abuse in the Nauruan
community. There are also 6 pregnant asylum seekers on Nauru who need urgent medical care in Australia.

In the case of Nazanin, an Iranian asylum seeker raped in May, she was only brought to Australia in August. Recommendations from doctors in Australian and Nauru that Nazanin’s brother and mother be brought to Australia to aid her recovery have been ignored by the Immigration Department. Nazanin’s brother and mother must be urgently brought to Australia; as must all those who are victims of sexual assault. Nauru cannot provide safety, security or a future for asylum seekers or refugees. It must be closed.

•bring Nazanin’s family to Australia
•bring the pregnant refugees from Nauru to Australia
•Close Manus
•Close Nauru

call Helen for more info 0406 728 091

DARWIN PAEDIATRICIANS AND HEALTH WORKERS STAND AGAINST DETENTION HARM

MEDIA RELEASE

DARWIN PAEDIATRICIANS AND HEALTH WORKERS STAND AGAINST DETENTION HARM
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> On Friday 30th October at 1pm, paediatricians and other health workers
> and researchers from Darwin will meet at the front of the Menzies
> Building on the Royal Darwin Hospital campus to make a public
> statement that Detention Harms Children.
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> This will follow the weekly Paediatric Grand Round meeting which this
> week will focus on the impact of trauma on refugee and asylum seeker
> children.
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> Like other health professionals around the country, we are deeply
> concerned about the devastating effects that the detention centre
> environment is having on children who are being detained by Australia.
> Staff from Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Lady Cilento
> Children’s Hospital in Brisbane have already made a stand, and
> tomorrow we will be joined by others in Sydney and Adelaide, all
> calling for the release of children and their families.
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> We believe that Australians need to know about the harms caused by
> detention, to children and to families who have in many cases already
> had to flee significant hardship and persecution. We welcome media
> attention to the issue, and invite you to attend tomorrow at 1pm.
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> Tomorrow’s event is being coordinated by concerned individuals, with
> support from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The views
> expressed do not represent the views of the Royal Darwin Hospital.
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> For comment: Dr Joshua Francis, Paediatrician & Paediatric Infectious
> Diseases Specialist, 0423 528 381

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