Monday, 29 November 2021 09:14 GMT

Manus Island: restoring refugees' basic services ruled against by court


(MENAFN) Reinstating essential services to asylum seekers residing in a closed Australian detention centre has been ruled against by a Papua New Guinea court.

The 600 men who refuse to leave Manus Island camp are believed by the PNG Supreme Court to have their human rights stripped from them. Yet, it didn't approve of an appeal to return services mainly because there were other accommodation options for the refugees.

Asylum seekers and rights groups' reason for resistance is originated from fear that locals will assault them. However, these fears were valid only around the period of time of the centre's closure. The court confirmed "there is no real good reason why they should not voluntarily move to those new facilities."

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