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Archives October 2015

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

ANOTHER UNEXPLODED WORLD WAR II BOMB UNCOVERED IN NAURU FAMILY CAMP

Refugee Action Coalition

MEDIA RELEASE

ANOTHER UNEXPLODED WORLD WAR II BOMB UNCOVERED IN NAURU FAMILY CAMP

The family camp on Nauru, RPC 3, was evacuated late this afternoon
around 5pm, after an unexploded World War II ‘bomb’ was uncovered in
the area.

It is believed that the bomb was uncovered in the building site of the
family camp where prefabricated buildings are being erected.

An unexploded Howitzer artillery shell was found in the family camp
after heavy rain in April 2014. Although the exact nature of the
uncovered ordnance was not known, the Refugee Action Coalition was
told, “It was a big one.”

The discovery of the bomb has renewed fears that the site of the
family camp has not been properly assessed for unexploded ordnance.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Fri Oct 30 | Mass leafleting: Bring back Abyan!

Mass leafleting: Bring back Abyan!

When: 4:30-6pm Friday 30 October

Where: Flinders St Station, Melbourne

This event is still on, we will be handing out flyers for our forum, and have a new flyer welcoming the return of Abyan, calling on Dutton to resign for misleading both Parliament and the public, and saying that Nauru is not safe and all refugees should be brought to Australia – especially the vulnerable like the 6 pregnant women, and also Nazanin’s family to help with her recovery (Nazanin is also a victim of rape on Nauru)

 

Abyan has sent a message to refugee supporters “Please say thank you to all the people who are protesting for me. I
am thanking all of you very much – but please, I need help.”

Join the Refugee Action Collective this Friday for a mass leafleting at Flinder St Station, we will be handing out flyers to the public explaining Abyan’s situation, and calling for her to be brought back for her requested termination, and mental health treatment.

Abyan is a 23 year old Somali refugee who was allegedly raped on Nauru, and is now pregnant. Nauruan law does not permit abortions. Campaigning succeeding in bringing her to Australia after her requests had been ignored by the Australian government. However Australian immigration officials seized Abyan from Villawood on last 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. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton went so far as to accuse Abyan as being part of a ‘racket’.

Abyan has not been medically treated since she was allegedly raped on Nauru 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).”

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has said “It is my dream that Australia will, in the future, be known for respecting women”. If that is to mean anything, the respect must start with Abyan.