15 Apr 2016

Call for help for epileptic woman raped on Nauru

2:18 pm on 15 April 2016

Australia's opposition Greens have called on the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to offer a woman, allegedly raped on Nauru while suffering an epileptic seizure, safe passage to Australia for a termination.

The raped woman was a refugee in Australia's care in Nauru.

Abortion in Nauru is illegal and the Australian authorities flew her to Papua New Guinea where a legal abortion is only possible within narrowly defined terms.

The Greens say the brutality and institutionalised abuse on Nauru must stop.

However, Nauru has said it has developed a robust processing system for those seeking asylum and a vibrant refugee settlement programme.

Access to Nauru is heavily restricted, with media representatives required to pay $US5000 as a non-refundable visa application fee.

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