Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention centre yesterday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.
That facility was closed more than a week ago after the PNG Supreme Court ruled previous year it was unconstitutional, and authorities have warned they will move in using force if necessary if those remaining do not leave by the weekend.
He said the court found that the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia agreed to close the Manus Regional Processing Centre on the 31 of October 2017, which is in compliance with the Supreme Court's previous ruling in April 2016.
'You can not continue to remain here in this condition, it is very bad for your health and well-being. you are given 2 days to move. "If necessary, force may be used to relocate those who refuse to move voluntarily for your own sake".
Non-refugees are to move to the Hillside Haus where they "will be given three meals a day" and a shared room.
Minister Thomas also clarified the issue of which government is responsible for ongoing care and support for those that remain in PNG and durable solutions for the refugees and return non-refugees.More news: Tripadvisor issues warnings against hotels where sexual assaults have occured
Journalist and detainee Behrouz Boochani said yesterday that: "I can feel in refugees' faces and voices that they are extremely scared".
"The centre will not be reopened and it will be returned to its former function as a defence force facility", he said.
Australia shut down the Manus Island centre last week after a PNG court ruled it was unconstitutional, urging asylum seekers to move to transit centres elsewhere on the island.
"The instructions for this threat have no doubt come directly from Dutton's office", Senator McKim, who is in Papua New Guinea, said.
Five activists on Thursday scaled the Sydney Opera House to protest against Australia's treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Provinsal polis komanda long Manus David Yapu ibin tokim Pacific Beat olsem, emi ting planti moa man bai bihaenim ol despla 38 ol man pastem long weekend.