About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it, in a standoff the UN described as a “looming humanitarian crisis”.
The UN claims the substitute site for the Manus Island refugees is unfinished and inadequate.
Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.
PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority has warned it will use force to evict the nearly 600 men barricaded inside the camp if they refuse to leave within two days.
The court rejected the application because it said power, water and food were available at the three transit centres where the 600 men are refusing to be moved.
About 600 men remain barricaded in the Manus Island centre without electricity, water or food for the sixth day since the camp’s closure.
About 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the camp on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, defying efforts by Australia and PNG to shut it.
Human rights advocates are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis when the Manus Island centre closes if the men are not properly resettled, with hundreds of the detainees refusing to leave the centre for fear of being targeted by locals.
Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries in the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.
Bangladeshi and Nepalese asylum seekers on Manus Island are being repeatedly called to meet with Australian officials and pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to those countries, or face deportation.
Rights group Amnesty International claims refugees on Nauru are held “amount to torture”.