Australian authorities destroy makeshift shelters on Manus Island

PNG's Supreme Court has blocked a move to restore basic services to Manus Island detention centre

PNG's Supreme Court has blocked a move to restore basic services to Manus Island detention centre

Those asylum seekers who have been processed as genuine refugees are accommodated at East Lorengau Transit Centre while those who are not genuine are at West Lorengau.

Four hundred and twenty-one refugees and asylum seekers holed up in the Manus Island detention centre have been told by Papua New Guinea's government they must leave on Monday or face forcible eviction, as another legal challenge goes to court, and worldwide pressure continues to mount on Australia to intervene.

They said they had exhausted their food supplies and were relying on rainwater to drink.

"Philip Ruddock was one of the architects of Australia's brutal and inhuman offshore detention regime".

Some show the officials pulling down makeshift shelters, and others show them smashing taps on large water tanks and water gushing from broken fixtures.

Commander Yapu said about 100 men left the centre over the weekend. Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist from Iran who has been detained on Manus island for more than four years, said on Twitter that workers had begun that task.

A legal challenge to have the PNG government restore essential services to the original detention centre, on the grounds their removal breached the constitutional rights of those inside, was rejected last week.

The camp, on a disused army base on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, was declared closed on 31 October after a Supreme Court ruling that it was unconstitutional for Australia to house asylum seekers there.

"The current situation at the MRPC and on Manus Island is now totally out of control and fears of a looming "bloodbath" are mounting by the day". The government argue that it deters asylum seekers from attempting a perilous sea voyage to Australia.

With Australia refusing to take any of the refugees, and a deal between the United States and Australia moving ahead slowly, Ardern reiterated an offer to resettle 150 refugees from Manus and Nauru when she visited Sydney shortly after becoming Prime Minister.

"I see the human face of this, I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play".

Morteza Saffari, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said, "The Australian government, despite all its apparent support for human rights, has made it very hard for those taking refuge there and pays no attention to human rights [of those concerned] whatsoever", ICANA reported on Saturday. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

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