Ardern admits she may be seen as "an irritant" over Manus Island
Nov 14 2017
Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers at Manus Island have barricaded themselves inside the closed detention centre, with some describing the situation as a humanitarian crisis.
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. "In his time as Immigration Minister Ruddock oversaw the opening of the Nauru detention centre, and spread vicious falsehoods about refugees throwing their children overboard so as to stoke racism in the electorate", said Holly Brooke, one of the protesters.
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".
The men - who have refused to move to three transit centers - come from war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Syria.
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Manus Island refugees said he will file an application next week to disqualify the chief justice of the Papua New Guinea supreme court from presiding over the refugees' case. This has caused local unrest, as the lives of Manus Islanders have been disrupted by the centres. The government argue that it deters asylum seekers from attempting a perilous sea voyage to Australia.
She's seeking another meeting with Turnbull to discuss New Zealand's offer to take 150 of the refugees and doesn't believe the Aussie PM sees it as a stunt.
"We have been given instructions from our authorities not to use any force", Commander Yapu said.
I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done, ' she said on Sunday.
But he said none of the refugees agreed to move yesterday to alternative facilities in the island's main town. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.