New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern slams 'unacceptable' Manus Island situation

14 November, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Ora Austin
  • PNG's Supreme Court has blocked a move to restore basic services to Manus Island detention centre

Papua New Guinea officials deployed police vehicles and buses around a shuttered Australian refugee camp on Monday as a deadline passed for some 400 detainees to move from the controversial center. "The refugees are only watching them", he said.

Those asylum seekers who have been processed as genuine refugees are accommodated at East Lorengau Transit Centre while those who are not genuine are at West Lorengau.

"What Australia is doing is inhumane and that is why we are here locking down the Australian High Commission".

"Australia has illegally detained these asylum-seekers for years now, and now they've essentially abandoned them and they've got no food, no water, no medicine, and no power". They have entered the camp to destroy shelters and remove bins in which drinking water was being stored but they have not tried to forcibly evict anyone.

In recent days more than 100 men have voluntarily left the centre for the new accommodation.

Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

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In April 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled the detention centre was unconstitutional and illegal, leading the country and Australia to prepare for its closure. "Is it the Australians, is it the immigration, or is it the asylum seekers?"

"The current situation at the MRPC and on Manus Island is now totally out of control and fears of a looming "bloodbath" are mounting by the day".

I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play.

"The people on Manus need our help, they have committed no crime and shouldn't be locked up for exercising their right to seek asylum", said Emma Cullen, spokesperson for Peace Action Wellington. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

Another of the protestors, Anna Hush, said, "If Philip Ruddock claims to care about human rights, he should join us in calling on both Liberal and Labor to end offshore detention and bring the refugees here".

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