PNG ups pressure on refugees to leave Australian camp

Sexual harassment is rising while physical violence is on the decline

These refugees and asylum seekers have the right to be evacuated and resettled somewhere where seeking asylum is acknowledged and they will be welcomed into the community.

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.

About 420 refugees and asylum seekers remained at the Manus Island detention centre on Papua New Guinea without official sources of food, water or medical attention after it was closed on October 31.

"For the mean time, the PNG and Australia government should supply food, water, electricity and medicines to the refugees and asylum seekers".

Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is interned on Manus Island, wrote on Twitter that the men had been "struggling with starvation" since refusing to leave the camp when it was declared closed two weeks ago. "The refugees are only watching them", he said.

The men have been warned they would be moved by force in a two-page notice signed by the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority on Thursday with a deadline to leave on Saturday. 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. The government argue that it deters asylum seekers from attempting a perilous sea voyage to Australia.

"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".

"We're shutting them down for as long as we least until the evening, to affect these people, and for these people to acknowledge and question what their Government is doing", Cullen said.

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.

I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said.

"There are no interpreters in Manus right now", he said. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".



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