Asylum Seekers

​Asylum seeker begs to be returned to Australia

“We are not happy to settle here and so I beg to you and your government to do something. Four years we have had enough of being kept as prisoners. We didn’t do any wrong,” he said when requesting his identity to remain unknown in this report.

In an interview with Loop PNG in Port Moresby with his lawyer, the Iranian, who refused to undergo interviews for the processing of his status while in Manus, said they are not happy with plans to have them resettled here.

​Chief: Refugees in POM will return to Manus

More than 90 refugees and asylum seekers have been transferred to Port Moresby since the dismantling of the Manus centre commenced. Some believe they will not return and be resettled in Port Moresby instead.

But Kantha said they were sent to Port Moresby for medical assistance.

“Given the pressure on the Lorengau Hospital, we are working to see how best their medical needs can be supported.

“No one from the medical transfers will be settled in Port Moresby or anywhere else. Only refugees with a visa and job placement can be considered for settlement,” he said.

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Baki to discuss future of asylum seekers

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will meet with the heads of relevant government department and agencies to discuss the future of the asylum seekers living on Manus Island.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/baki-discuss-future-asylum-seekers-64479

 

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Baki to discuss future of asylum seekers

Baki said if the Regional Processing Centre is not shut down soon, as ordered by the Supreme Court, there may be serious law and order implications for Manus.

His comment follows the death of 28-year-old Iranian, Hamed Shamshiripou, who was found hanging from the branch of a tree at East Lorengau.

Currently the body is at the morgue at International Medical Health Service Centre (IMHS) at the Manus Regional Processing Centre. A full autopsy is expected to be carried out soon.

Manus facility unsafe for asylum seekers: Organisation

This was the reaction from Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, to the shooting incident in the Australian Government-run refugee detention centre on Manus Island.

“More incidences like this are inevitable unless the refugees and asylum seekers are relocated to safety,” she said.

“We call for measures to ensure the immediate safety and wellbeing of all asylum seekers and refugees, including adequate medical care to those who may have suffered from damage or injury, and a prompt and independent investigation of this incident.

Investigation into Lombrum shootout starts

The incident involved soldiers and asylum seekers from the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Police and the commanding officer of the Naval Base HMPNGS Tarangau have commenced preliminary investigations, with the assistance of the management of the processing centre.

On Friday, 14 April, around 6:30pm, a group of soldiers retaliated at the Centre following the assault of a fellow officer, allegedly by the asylum seekers.

Stones were allegedly thrown into the compound. Shots were also fired however, no one was hurt by them.

PNGDF confirms Manus confrontation

In a statement, Colonel Ray Numa, says those involved in the incident on Manus on Friday will be brought to justice.

The fight erupted over the use of the naval base oval, he explains.

Col Numa says residents of the regional processing centre were supposed to vacate the oval by 6pm.

“It is alleged that when they were asked to do so to enable dependents of the base to play on the oval, some of them refused to leave.

Resettlement doubt inflames Manus tension

     

About 60 asylum seekers and guards came to blows in the running battle, as the governments of PNG and Australia met in Port Moresby to discuss refugee resettlement.

Manus MP furious over alleged assault of 10yo

He wants the accused perpetrator be made an example of.

The irate member is now demanding the removal of all those processed at the Manus centre before his people “rise up against them”.

“These are only the cases that are made public. There are many unreported.”

He says the refugee should be castrated.

“If it was my daughter, mi no nap ke lo kalabus!” (I will not care about going to jail.)

Non-genuine refugees served Deportation notice

The deportation of about 60 Asylum seekers will be underway in Manus after Immigration officers served papers on those with Double negative status this morning.

While there is frustration building amongst those served at the Manus Processing centre, Human Rights Lawyer Ben Lomai has begun the process of getting a stay order in PNG’s high court against the deportation exercise.