NZ PM Criticises Australia Over Manus Crisis As Situation Escalates
Nov 14 2017
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.
The men remaining in the camp have been living there without electricity, running water, regular food supplies and medicine for 13 days.
Approximately 420 asylum seekers are refusing to leave the Papua New Guinea detention centre over fears for their safety from locals.
Kurdish journalist and Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani said police and immigration authorities had destroyed shelters built to provide shade and cover from the tropical sun and rain in a post on Twitter.
"I stand by the way we've managed this situation: every step of the way has been a dialogue with Australia about the best way to find resolution".
In a statement on Sunday, PNG's immigration minister, Petrus Thomas, told refugees and asylum seekers still in the centre they must leave by Monday "so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility ... can be completed for the PNG defence force to take complete control of their land and property".
PPC Manus, Chief Inspection David Yapu said this afternoon, that 90 more left the Centre today.
The Detention Centre remains restricted to the public and media personnel.
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. Six men have died on Manus Island under our watch.
"There are no interpreters in Manus right now", he said.
Australia has used the Manus island center, and another on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru, to detain asylum seekers who try to reach its shores by boat.
New Zealand's prime minister says she has been in constant contact with her trans Tasman counterpart about an offer to resettle 150 refugees.
"The refugees are watching them fearfully...(they) are extremely scared by immigration threat but still saying we will not leave this prison camp for another prison camp", he said. "I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play", 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".