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Manus issue: Immigration Minister acknowledges court's ruling

Ol PNG Manus lida ino wanbel long midia itok nogutim Manus

The asylum seekers have barricaded themselves inside the Manus Island center for the past nine days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the camp in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

The men remaining in the centre are surviving in squalid conditions, without water or electricity, more than a week after the compound closed.

However, about 600 refugees are refusing to leave, citing fears for their safety in the local community.

Mr Albanese said the centre was supposed to be a processing centre, but instead became a place of indefinite detention. They attack the refugees and rob them.

Minister Thomas also clarified the issue of which government is responsible for ongoing care and support for those that remain in PNG and durable solutions for the refugees and return non-refugees. However, it has been widely criticized by the United Nations and human rights advocates.

There are still 580 men living at the detention centre who are protesting against the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments who want to move them to facilities near the township of Lorengau.

Mr Boochani, a refugee on Manus Island who has reported on the men's plight on social media and elsewhere, said they were still refusing to leave after receiving the notice.

Australia insists its tough immigration policy against boat people dissuades would-be migrants from attempting the risky crossing to Australia and has therefore prevented hundreds of deaths at sea.

But so far, just 54 refugees have been accepted by Washington, with 24 flown to the United States in September under a deal struck with former USA president Barack Obama and bitterly criticized by his successor Donald Trump.

He said the legal advice from government lawyers based on domestic and global law is that Australia is still responsible for any persons transferred to PNG under the regional resettlement arrangement, as they have initially sought asylum in Australia and Australia has an obligation as a signatory to the 1951 refugee convention.

"They can not, having created the situation, now compound it by sending in security forces to force the refugees to move".

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