Refugees frustrated

​Frustration is now building on Manus as refugees and Asylum seekers on Lombrum go one week without food and water, following the withdrawal of essential services.

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.

“There is no justice for the refugees and we are used to the court decisions going against us. It's so frustrating when Australia is obviously violating human rights in Manus prison camp. Depriving refugees from having access to basic and vital things is completely against humanity.”

He said relocation from one facility to another is not the solution.

“We will not be safe at Lorengau. Even for the locals, to put 600 foreign men in their town, they will not feel safe,” Boochani said.

Since last Tuesday, one refugee has cut himself, one had to be taken to the hospital at Lorengau for chest pains while another walked 20km back to Lombrum from the Lorengau center.

Boochani said Locals on Manus have still been prevented from giving food aid to those at the closed center.

He is now asking international court to help him and more than 600 others in Manus, take action and protect them.

Boochani is the principal applicant who went to the Supreme court, seeking orders for the restoration of services at Lombrum.

Sally Pokiton
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