Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor was released from immigration detention into the arms of her loving husband today after finally being granted a bridging visa.
The former Brisbane high school student spent two years in detention facilities in Darwin and Brisbane while her husband Milad Jafari, who is an Australian resident, fought hard for her freedom.
He worked tirelessly with the Yeronga State High School community to organise several protests and an online campaign under the hashtag #FreeMojgan.
Shamsalipoor, 22, fled Iran in 2012, fearing potential imprisonment and physical threats after she refused an arranged marriage to a 60-year-old man.
Both she and her brother were freed with three-month temporary visas this morning.
“She just wants to say thank you to all her supporters for getting her through all the really dark times,” deputy principal of the school Jess Walker told the Brisbane Times.
“We are absolutely elated, it could not be a better day,” she said.
“It just feels like it could be a dream because we’ve dreamed of her being free for so long.”
A spokesperson for immigration minister Peter Dutton said in a statement several “illegal maritime arrivals” had been released today.
“This is in line with the Government’s decision to reduce the number of people in detention,” the statement said.
“These people have been granted temporary bridging visas. All have been found not to be owed protection by Australia.
“They are not refugees and are expected to return to their countries of origin. They will not have access to permanent stay visas.”
Unfortunately, Lawyer Kevin Kadirgamar said there is still no guarantee Mojgan will be able to stay in Australia.
“The bridging visa continues to place a shadow of uncertainty over her future in that the Minister has not gone as far as allowing her the opportunity to reside in Australian permanently with her husband,” he told the ABC.