Dutton a 'terrorist' for Manus: Bandt

06 November, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Refugees protest on Manus Island with Australian Senator Nick McKim

Australia is steadfastly refusing to accept the refugees, while New Zealand has offered to resettle some of them.

Australia has an obligation to do so under worldwide human rights law and the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, he said.

"We urge the Australian Government to transfer the men to mainland Australia where their claims can be processed".

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul told those present the Australian government was trying to drive the refugees and asylum seekers out of the centre and "into even more unsafe conditions". Among them are about 90 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, about 200 men from Iran, and others from Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan. The units have been built by Australia in the PNG community of Lorengau.

Service providers and contractors have left the island, according to Australian media reports.

Amid reports of various abuses occurring at the camps, notably the one on Manus Island and another one on the Pacific island of Nauru, the policy has been vehemently criticized by the United Nations and human rights activists. I think given the situation they've got there at the moment.

The alternative accommodation being proposed is not finished or adequate to meet their needs, including security, he said.

Food, running water and medical services were cut off by Australia four days ago.

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"Australia's policy of deterrence by rescuing people at sea, mistreating them and abandoning them has become a notion of cruelty".

He tweeted: "I believe I could house and find jobs for six".

"At the moment hundreds of naked men are lying around me", wrote Boochani. "They force us to starve".

"That is an offer that does remain on the table, so whilst it has not been taken up immediately, the prime minister thanked New Zealand for the offer, acknowledged it and it is something that still remains in place", she said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is "hard to ignore the human face" of the crisis on Manus Island and the issue should not be ignored.

New Zealand residents are allowed to live in Australia without visas.

Brownlee said he hopes the offer is taken up by the Australians.

Australia entered into an agreement during Barack Obama's administration for about 1,200 of those detained to be resettled in the U.S. "You can't keep political hostages".

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