Australia deports rape victim refugee without treatment

Australian refugee policy comes to fore again as Somalian rape victim refugee is sent back to immigration detention camp in Nauru

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A woman reads a newspaper containing an advertisement (R) publicising the Australian government's new policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat, in Sydney in this August 2, 2013

Updated Oct 20, 2015

The case of 23 years old Somalian rape victim refugee, nicknamed Abyan, has reinforced criticisms of Australian government's immigration policy.

Somalian refuge Abyan says that she became pregnant after she was raped at a detention camp in Nauru on July.

As she requested an abortion, Australian government sent her to Sydney on last Sunday for the 14-week pregnancy to be terminated, but she was sent back Nauru, 2.500 miles far from Sydney on Friday again without having an abortion.

According to government officials, she was sent back to detention camp because she decided to not terminate her pregnancy.

On the other hand Abyan has said in a signed statement that she did not change her mind but she had not been provided translator and counseling.

Her lawyer George Newhouse said he seeks a temporary court injunction to keep her in Australia when he found out Abyan was sent back to Nauru.  

‘’When we heard an hour before she was being removed from the country without treatment — that was going to happen — of course we tried to stop her for going back without treatment,’’ Newhouse told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, and he added that it was a temporary decision, not an attempt to make her settled in Australia permanently.  

Abyan has a right to go back for an abortion to Sydney. According to Australian law abortions are legal for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.  

Abyan's case has started discussions about Australian immigration policy of refusing to allow refugees who arrive in Australia by boat.  

Refugees who try to reach Australian coast are transferred to Australian immigration detention camps on the Pacific island nation of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.  

Pressure increasing on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to move on the bad detention conditions after reports of systemic child abuse and rape.

The United Nations also criticized Australia after a scouter canceled an official visit to detention camps, transferring absences of government cooperation.  

Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser said ‘’Our harsh and cruel treatment of asylum seekers and refugees is damaging our international reputation and damaging our ability to advance our national interest, whether it's through being elected to the Human Rights Council ... or in other negotiations.’’

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