Manus refugees

Refugees to appeal court ruling

Human Rights lawyer Ben Lomai, has advised Boochani and others at the center to remain inside the closed facility, while they appeal the decision of the Chief Justice.

“The appeal documents will be filed today or the very latest tomorrow.

In the meantime I encourage both sides and particularly the PNG Immigration officials to show remorse and some sense of dignity at this point in time,” Lomai said.

The grounds of the appeal will be made known, once it is filed in the Supreme Court.

Yapu: Some Refugees voluntarily move

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, David Yapu in giving an update from Lorengau, said some refugees have voluntarily moved to the East Lorengau Transit center.

“A total of 24 refugees, voluntarily loaded three buses and open back truck with their personal belongings and were transferred to their new locations at East Lorengau Refugee Transit Centre .

”Police were there to facilitate their smooth and orderly transfers of the Refugees to their new locations. This is a good sign for them in allowing the process to flow smoothly.

Refugees frustrated

The Supreme court this morning refused to grant orders, to have services restored to the center on the basis all those services are available at alternate facilities ,and the center had to be closed in compliance to court orders.

Loop PNG spoke to Kurdish Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani today after the court’s ruling.

Court: Alternate accommodation provided for refugees

PNG’s Supreme Court today said this when refusing to grant an application by Beehrouz Boochani, seeking interim orders for the restoration of services at the now decommissioned Australian run regional processing center in Lombrum.

Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, said Australia’s legal responsibility over the future welfare of the Asylum Seekers, ended with the closure of the center.

All refugees and Asylum seekers, left in the country are now the responsibility of the PNG Government.

VIDEO: Refugee court application update

Principal applicant, Kurdish-Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani filed the application on behalf of others also at Lombrum. 

 

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Hearing date given for Transferees application

The application in the Supreme Court which seeks prevention orders against their transfer to other facilities, will be heard next week Monday.

The application for Enforcement of Constitutional rights has been fixed before Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, at 11am on Monday, November 6.
 

It has been three days since Australian authorities walked out of the former detention center, leaving the transferees without food, electricity and running water.

Australia urged to consider police help for Manus refugees

Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG's Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru.

The Manus center is due to close next week. Australia has set up alternative accommodation in a nearby town.

A Human Rights Watch report said asylum seekers risked suffering "unchecked violence" in PNG after the closure.

The group, which visited the island in September, said refugees and asylum seekers had been attacked by local men "sometimes armed with sticks, rocks, knives, or screwdrivers".

Police to assist with relocation of refugees

Commissioner of Police Gari Baki says although the police manpower is outnumbered by the 718 refugees now on the island, a smooth transfer is expected to take place on Monday, October 31.

Police say there is a small disgruntled faction among the refugees at the Lombrum Navy Base who are creating uncertainty among the rest of the refugees.

“Extra manpower is on standby to be deployed to Manus Island to assist the local police in addition to the two Mobile Squad now on the Island,” says Baki in a statement.

Australia urged to consider police help for Manus refugees

Australia holds refugees and asylum seekers arriving by boat on PNG's Manus Island and the Pacific nation of Nauru.

The Manus centre is due to close next week. Australia has set up alternative accommodation in a nearby town.

A Human Rights Watch report said asylum seekers risked suffering "unchecked violence" in PNG after the closure.

The group, which visited the island in September, said refugees and asylum seekers had been attacked by local men "sometimes armed with sticks, rocks, knives, or screwdrivers".

​Trial to calculate refugees’ compensation

The trial will see some of the transferees in Manus fly to Port Moresby to give evidence in court later this week.

This comes after an Australian court, early this month, approved a compensation payout of AUD$70 million; an amount set as Australia’s largest human rights settlement.

Over the weekend, the first 25 refugees who were screened in Manus were moved to the US for resettlement.

There are over 800 men in Manus. Some of those are in Port Moresby on medical grounds.