United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR urges Aust to protect refugees

A transcript revealed by Nai Jit Lam, UNHCR’s Deputy Regional Representative in Canberra (on mission to Manus Island) states that refugees are still facing humanitarian threats.

The UNHCR had appealed to Australia in October to stop a humanitarian emergency unfolding on Manus Island, where the closure of the Regional Processing Centre on 31 October and imminent discontinuation of critical services and support arrangements threaten safety and well-being of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who remain there in very difficult conditions.