Some facts about Manus Island

November 2012, Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) reopened by Gillard Government.

January 2013, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) mission to Manus Island stated, “the practice of detaining all asylum seekers at the closed centre amounts to arbitrary detention that is inconsistent with international human rights law”

November 2013, Amnesty International reported the situation amounted to “arbitrary detention” and “cruel inhuman and degrading treatment”

26 April 2016, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea found that the Centre breached the PNG constitution’s right to personal liberty, and was thus illegal. It said:

“ Both the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments shall forthwith take all steps necessary to cease and prevent the continued unconstitutional and illegal detention of the asylum seekers or transferees at the relocation centre on Manus Island …


As 2016 drew to a close, announcements of ‘deals’ with the USA (announced Sunday 13 November 2016) to resettle some of the transferees from Manus Island, PNG and Nauru in America come with little detail and assurances.  It is clear that not all of the people transferred to PNG and Nauru will be resettled under this deal.  The deal is overshadowed by the election results in the USA.

May 15, 2017 – Asylum seekers on Manus Island have been told they must leave the Australian-funded detention centre so it can be closed. … Refugees have option of relocating to transit centre, settling in PNG, or returning to countries of origin. … Papua

New Guinea immigration officials told the more than 800 men in the detention centre that demolition work would start soon on parts of the accommodation. Power and water cuts, demolition works in progress-

Sunday 6 August has seen the biggest protest so far inside the Manus Island detention centre to stop the closure of Foxtrot compound.

Hundreds gathered at the Foxtrot compound calling for the power to be officially restored; “informal” wiring by refugee electricians has re-establish power to the compound, since power was officially cut off on 1 August.

Liberal MP Russell Broadbent speaks out against his party (Wed16/8) ‘Asylum seekers on Manus & Nauru should be resettled in Australia. Those found to be genuine refugees should not be left to languish in indefinite detention if they are not resettled in the US.’

Cleaners returned to the compound after unhygienic conditions saw 20 people admitted to the medical clinic for treatment Sun 19/8).

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