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Greens Senator congratulates activists arrested in refugee rights protest

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 8 Oct 2015

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated the refugee activists who occupied the Sydney office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in a direct action protest against the detention, rape and abuse of refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.

Eleven of the protesters were arrested and detained by the police for over eight hours.

“The Greens support the call of the protesters to close the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The protesters had a clear message for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - if you are seriously committed to ending violence against women, your government will extend that commitment to Australia's offshore detention centres. This means closing them. 

“Some of the protesters told me that they took this action because of the appalling treatment of a refugee woman raped on Nauru.

“A twenty-three year old Somali refugee fell pregnant after being raped in detention, and needs immediate access to abortion services in Australia. 

“I congratulate the protesters for standing up for refugee rights and showing the humanity that the Liberal-National government lacks,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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