Asylum Seekers

Manus Island detainees launch bid to be moved to Australia

The application for an urgent injunction was filed with the High Court on Wednesday by human rights barrister Jay Williams. 

It follows last week's decision in the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court which ruled that the Manus Island detention centre breached the country's constitution. 

The group of 757 asylum seekers is also seeking an order from the court preventing the Australian Government from moving them to Nauru. 

Lawyers for asylum seekers on PNG file injuction

Papua New Guinea ordered the closure of the Manus camp after the country's Supreme Court ruled the facility unlawful, leaving the fate of the 850 people held there up in the air.

Australia and Papua New Guinea each claim each other is responsible for settling the hundreds held on Manus.

The injunction, filed in Australia's High Court on Wednesday, calls for the asylum seekers to be sent to Australia and not to Nauru, Matthew Byrnes, one of the lawyers acting on behalf of the majority of those held on Manus, told Reuters.

Catholic Church welcomes court decision on detention centre

General Secretary of the CBC, Fr.Victor Roche said the Catholic Church has always maintained that the arrangement to bring people seeking refugee status in Australia to PNG and to detain them on the island was unjust, inhumane and unlawful.

“These people have human rights and dignity that have to be considered, just as every other person living in PNG, “said Roche.

However, Roche added that it is imperative that the two governments respect and honour their obligations to uphold the laws and to accord full rights to people in accordance with the law.

PNG lawyer pushes Australia to take back Manus detainees

Last week, the Supreme Court declared the detention on Australia's behalf of asylum seekers on Manus Island unconstitutional, and the government later announced that the centre would close.

Ben Lomai - who represented many of those detained on Manus Island - said he would be seeking to make the Commonwealth of Australia a defendant in the asylum seekers' challenge to their detention.

He said that if successful, and if the Supreme Court ruled in their favour, they would have to be released back into Australia's care as their first port of entry.

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Asylum seekers to seek specific orders

Benham Satah and others, who are applicants at the Manus Regional Processing Centre, will be seeking specific orders from the Supreme Court to send them back to Australia following the ruling last Tuesday (April 26) that their detainment there is illegal and unconstitutional.

Lawyer Ben Lomai told Loop the orders from last Tuesday’s ruling were too general therefore they “will ask the Supreme Court to send them back. They are not PNG’s problem. They are Australia’s problem, so they have to deal with their own problem”.

Death of Iranian refugee criminal says Refugee Action Coalition

The man, Omid, was flown to Australia on Thursday, 24 hours hours after he set himself alight in apparent protest in front of visiting United Nations officials.

But he died in a Brisbane hospital Friday afternoon.

The Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul said the lack of experienced staff; the lack of medical supplies; the lack of attention; the shocking conditions at the Nauru hospital and the delay in arranging for the man to be medivacced from Nauru has cost him his life.

He said those responsible must be held to account.

Iranian refugee dies of burns in Australian hospital

The 23-year-old man was flown to Australia yesterday, 24 hours after he set himself ablaze in apparent protest in front of visiting United Nations officials.

But he died of his injuries in a Brisbane hospital on Friday afternoon.

In a statement, Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, said appropriate support was being provided to the man's wife and friends.

His death will be referred to the Queensland coroner.

He was one of six people sent by Australia to Nauru who harmed themselves this week.

All eyes on Aus and PNG govts after court ruling

Yesterday, PNG's Supreme Court ruled Australia's regional processing centre on PNG's Manus island was illegal because it amounted to holding people against their will.

A five-judge bench ordered the PNG and Australian governments to immediately take steps to end the detention of 850 asylum seekers and refugees in the centre.

However, in the wake of the ruling Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said detainees on Manus would not be brought back to Australia.

PM O’Neill: Manus Regional Processing Centre will close

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill also noted that the closure of the centre will have a negative effect on the local economy on Manus, and the Government will work with Australia to seek to minimise damage to businesses and workers.

“I have considered the ruling of the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea and welcome this outcome,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.

“Respecting this ruling, Papua New Guinea will immediately ask the Australian Government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers currently held at the Regional Processing Centre.