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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Australia - Brisbane protest in support of rape victim

Protesters are set to converge on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's Brisbane office in support of a Somali woman who claims she was raped on Nauru.


AAP- Protesters are set to converge on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's Brisbane office in support of a Somali woman who claims she was raped on Nauru.

The 23-year-old refugee, known as Abyan, was flown to Australia last week for an abortion but returned to the island after five days, with the immigration department saying she had changed her mind.

The Refugee Action Collective will demand the woman be flown back to Australia to "be given the care she needs" when they hold a protest outside Mr Dutton's electoral office on Wednesday morning.

"This is appalling treatment for a young woman who was already traumatised by her experiences in Somalia and Nauru," spokeswoman Margarett McPherson said.

Abyan has said she did not receive counselling or see a doctor while in Australia, however, a senior official has told a Senate estimates hearing she declined two medical appointments.

Mr Dutton has said the woman was seen by nurses, GPs and mental health assessors and mostly with interpreters.

"There are alleged facts that are being put forward by some of the advocates which are patently incorrect, if not fabricated," he said.
Source: AAP