Australia Responsible for Dire Conditions of Refugees

PNG's Supreme Court has blocked a move to restore basic services to Manus Island detention centre

The men inside the camp, who include asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Syria, said they will continue to defy attempts to shut the camp.

The approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees choosing to remain at the now-closed Manus Island processing centre have been without food, water or medical supplies for nearly two weeks.

Papua New Guinea authorities have moved to assure they will not use force to remove men from the mothballed detention centre at Manus Island.

"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". The accommodation they have been told to move to remains unfinished and uninhabitable, independent observers say.

More than 100 of the refugees have left for three "transition" centers on Manus since it was officially closed.

Activists protesting Australia's treatment of refugees on Manus Island chained themselves to the gates of the Australian High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, November 13.

The agency has urged both PNG and Australia to find a "humane approach" to end the "unconscionable human suffering". They already demolished our shelters.

But he said none of the refugees agreed to move yesterday to alternative facilities in the island's main town. This has caused local unrest, as the lives of Manus Islanders have been disrupted by the centres. Everyone has the right to seek asylum and the Australian government is not above the law.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

Morteza Saffari, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said, "The Australian government, despite all its apparent support for human rights, has made it very hard for those taking refuge there and pays no attention to human rights [of those concerned] whatsoever", ICANA reported on Saturday. "I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play", she said. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

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