PNG authorities warning barricaded refugees to get out within two days from Manus Island

Published on : Thursday, November 9, 2017

Manus IslandIn Manus Island, the Papua New Guinean authorities are warning barricaded refugees to get out within two days or be moved by force.

Almost 600 men have been holed up inside the mothballed detention facility, more than a week after it was shut down. Although not getting enough food, medication and drinking water these people believe that it’s safer to remain in the compound than being attacked by locals at new facilities near the main township of Lorengau.

PNG authorities posted a warning notice on Thursday. “You are… instructed to vacate this compound immediately. If necessary, force may be used to relocate those who refuse to move voluntarily for your own sake.”

Demolition of fences will take place on Thursday.

Many refugees said that the use of force was unacceptable.

Greens senator Nick McKim visited Manus Island to witness the eviction.

Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann defended his decision not to visit Manus Island and suggested the senator’s attendance may be unhelpful. He thinks the refugees should just move to the alternative accommodation.

Senator McKim said the treatment of the men was Australia’s most shocking violation of human rights in his lifetime.


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