The United Nations high commissioner for refugees has backed up reports that Manus Island accommodation is “not ready” for detainees being kicked out of the detention centre, amid a continuing standoff.
More than 600 refugees and asylum seekers are still inside the former immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea, after electricity and all essential services were switched off this week. All centre staff has also left. They have held daily peaceful protests for more than three months.
The men refuse to move into an accommodation centre in the nearby Lorengau community, saying they fear for their safety. Human Rights Watch recently detailed an upsurge in violent attacks on refugees and asylum seekers by groups of armed locals.
On Tuesday there were multiple reports of looting by locals after staff abandoned the centre.
The Australian immigration minister, Peter Dutton, accused the detainees and advocates of “subterfuge” in their claims of safety concerns, and the acting prime minister, Julie Bishop, said detainees would be provided with shelter, food and medical care at the three Lorengau accommodation units.
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