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Turnbull government must heed UN criticism in case of ‘Abyan’, raped on Nauru

Following criticism from the United Nations the Turnbull government must take action and provide 'Abyan', the young woman who needs an abortion after she was raped on Nauru, with appropriate medical care.

"The Turnbull government has treated this poor young woman in an appalling way. It's high time she was given the care that she needs," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Coalition shamed by Philippines’ refugee deal refusal

The Philippines' refusal to work with Australia on a refugee deal shows how out of touch and behind the times the Coalition government really is, the Australian Greens have said.

"Malcolm Turnbull needs to give up on this absurd policy of dumping people throughout the Pacific," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The families locked up on Nauru need a safe place to call home and they won't find that in Cambodia or the Philippines.

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‘Abyan’ must be appointed an independent advocate: Greens

The young Somali woman who is pregnant after an alleged sexual assault on Nauru needs an independent advocate to protect her from harassment and help her navigate the Kafkaesque cruelty to which she has been subjected, the Australian Greens have said.

"Abyan needs help and she needs it now," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The government should appoint an independent advocate who can act as a circuit breaker, bringing an end to this awful ordeal.

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ABF apology for Operation Fortitude too little, too late

The Australian Greens have reiterated their concerns about the ongoing militarisation of the Immigration Department, saying an apology for the Australian Border Force's bungled Operation Fortitude has come far too late.

"This farce just goes to show why the government's obsession with militarising the Immigration Department is unnecessary and dangerous," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While I welcome the apology, it is clearly too little and it has come far too late.

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Australian and New Zealand Greens to lodge complaint with Australian Human Rights Commission

The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia will be lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission about the detention and treatment of New Zealanders in Australia.

Hobart-based barrister Greg Barns will be handling the case on a pro-bono basis.

"There has always been a special relationship between Australian and New Zealand, but now the Coalition government is putting that at risk," the Australian Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Millions more will be wasted on another secretive refugee trade deal

The Australian Government will be throwing good money after bad if it pursues a refugee deal with the Philippines and it needs to be upfront about the detail of any deal, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Australian Government is involved in a secret deal with the Philippines, trading in human lives, and the Immigration Minister must explain what's really going on," The Green's immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Minister must act now to allow Nauru rape victim access to safe and legal abortion

The Australian Greens have urged the Prime Minister and his Immigration Minister to act urgently to bring a young refugee woman allegedly raped on Nauru to Australia so she can terminate her unwanted pregnancy.

"Mr Turnbull needs to pull his Immigration Minister into line and get this woman they help and care she urgently needs," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

"Abortion is illegal on Nauru and the only option this young woman has for a safe and legal termination is to be brought to Australia.

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Nauru’s prison island changes must be opened to media scrutiny: Greens

The island of Nauru needs to be opened up for journalists and independent human rights observers so that they can see what life is really like for those detained there.

"With Nauru having been turned into Australia's very own prison island in the middle of the Pacific, it's high time journalists were allowed in so that they can see what's really going on there," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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