Asylum seekers face deportation

Three non-refugees who are facing deportation by the PNG Immigration have filed a human rights case in the National Court, seeking interim orders against their deportation.

They are currently kept at a separate facility at the Bomana jail.

The men from Bangladesh; Jashim Jashim, Hossain Mhamman Mobarak and Rahman Siddiqur today appeared before the court however, their urgent application could not proceed further to hearing because an interpreter was needed. 

Justice Jim Wala Tamata issued directions for lawyers from the Public Solicitor’s Office to assist the three with their cases and provide legal aid to the applicants.

He said the application is urgent and needs to be dealt with quickly.

Jashim, who was very emotional, told the court he is unable to sleep at Bomana.

They will return to court tomorrow for hearing of their application.

Two others have been deported by the PNG Immigration and handed over to Bangladeshi Authorities.

The five Bangladeshi nationals were brought to Manus via Christmas Island for processing and were found to be non-refugees.

Sally Pokiton