Russell Crowe: I will house six asylum seekers

Allan Goodman
November 5, 2017

"We call on the Australian government. who interned the men in the first place to immediately provide protection, food, water and other basic services", United Nations rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing on Friday.

And we on Manus Island we have lost hope.

"Australia blocking but has no right to say no", he wrote on Twitter.

"We are concerned by events in the past week at Australia's offshore Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Government's decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff", Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news conference in Geneva on Friday.

Hundreds of men remain in the centre on the Papua New Guinea island that officially closed on Tuesday, saying they do not feel safe in the replacement accommodation at Lorengau.

Jacinda Ardern said she would personally restate the offer to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when they meet on Sunday in Sydney.

Conditions are steadily worsening at a former Australian refugee detention camp in Papua New Guinea where more than 600 asylum seekers remain holed up for a third consecutive day, a situation the United Nations calls an 'unfolding humanitarian emergency'.

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Police officials said two more militants believed to be present in the village managed to break the cordon and escaped. Meanwhile, five personnel were injured when militants attacked a bus that was part of a CRPF convoy in Anantnag.

The protest, organised by the Refugee Action Collective of Victoria against the treatment of the refugees, was held outside Victoria's' State Library in Swanson Street followed by a march through to Flinders Street. A lot of them are from countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Syria and say returning is not an option.

Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Adam accuses Australia of abandoning them, and hopes New Zealand will offer them sanctuary.

The impending closure of the camp is part of an Australian government plan to push refugees and asylum seekers to either return to their home country, settle in PNG or move elsewhere, thereby disbanding part of Australia's controversial and expensive offshore detention program.

"And obviously the sooner the better, some of them have been there I think for four years", Colville said. "They force us to starve".

"We urge both governments to communicate clearly to the refugees and related categories of person residing at the Centre, and the public, on the roadmap for addressing the immediate and long-term concerns, including identifying practical solutions for resettlement".

"I acknowledge that, while New Zealand has not had to contend with these issues on our shores, it's hard to ignore the human face of this situation and nor should it be ignored". "You can't keep political hostages". Lives lived in fear & despair.

Last November, in the waning months of his term, President Barack Obama agreed to resettle up to 1,250 of the asylum-seekers on Manus and Nauru.

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