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Urgent: Bring back Abyan

On Tuesday morning we'll be taking your message to our political leaders in Canberra. Can you help us reach 50,000 signatures before we deliver the petition to bring back Abyan?

Abyan* is a 23 year old refugee woman who is 14 weeks pregnant as the result of rape while in Australia's care on Nauru. She is deeply traumatised and unwell, and in need of urgent medical care.

Last week, after losing 10kg in a month due to trauma, she was brought to Australia for treatment, including the abortion she had been begging for – a procedure which is illegal on Nauru. The Prime Minister assured the Australian public she would recieve the treatment and care she needed.

But in Australia, when Abyan asked to talk to a counsellor about the termination, she was denied the right to speak to a counsellor, and instead forcibly sent back to Nauru.1

Abyan has said:
"I cannot go back to where this happened to me; I cannot go to where I was raped. What happened to me there [in Nauru] is what caused me to run away from Somalia. What happened to me in Somalia is what happened to me there [in Nauru]"
The way the Turnbull government is treating Abyan is abusive.

When Mr Turnbull became Prime Minister he vowed to show "emotional intelligence" as a leader, and to fight against the abuse of women. Yet on his watch, the Australians government has denied a pregnant rape victim counselling, and chartered a flight to send her back to an island prison in which she has no hope of treatment or support?

Can you add your voice to the call for Prime Minister Turnbull to reverse this horrendous decision, and bring Abyan back to Australia?

*Abyan is not her real name; it is the name used by the media and her advocates to protect her identity.

[1] 'Australia secretly flies pregnant refugee out of country before hearing', Guardian Australia, 16 October 2015


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

We call on you to bring Abyan back to Australia immediately, and ensure she is given all appropriate medical care and support.

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