Australian authorities destroy makeshift shelters on Manus Island

Violet Powell
November 14, 2017

Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

When asked again about the issue at EAS on Sunday night (NZT), Ardern said there was not yet a time set down to talk, but Manus would be the only subject of discussion.

The group says the Manus detention centre was closed on October 31, leaving the people there with no food, water, power or medical care for the past two weeks.

On Monday evening, refugee activists in Sydney took over the stage at a Wesley Mission human rights lecture - featuring guest speaker ex-Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock - to hold up banners saying "Evacuate Manus Now" and '#manus is a human rights crisis' and to call for the Australian government to act on the ongoing humanitarian crisis on Manus Island.

New Zealand has had on the table for several years an offer to take 150 refugees from Australian-run offshore detention centres each year.

He said giving asylum seekers New Zealand residence could give them a back-door into Australia.

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The Philippines will be Trump's last stop on a marathon tour that has taken him to Japan, South Korea, China as well as Vietnam. The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.

Papua New Guinea officials deployed police vehicles and buses around a shuttered Australian refugee camp on Monday as a deadline passed for some 400 detainees to move from the controversial center.

"We see that we have a role to play here, we're very eager to play that role and as I say I'll be having another conversation with the Prime Minister in the Philippines".

"I see the human face of this issue. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

Ardern said she would not offer a deal where refugees who resettled in New Zealand would be barred from going to Australia. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday said "appropriate means" would be used to apprehend those responsible for "disruption".

'It continues to be the easiest option is to go through Australia given the screening that's already occurred of those refugees. "I'm interested in the fastest route".

Protesters at the gates of the Australian High Commission.

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