Refugees refuse to leave PNG fa­cil­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

SYD­NEY — Hun­dreds of fear­ful refugees were urged to leave an Aus­tralian de­ten­tion camp in Pa­pua New Guinea on Wed­nes­day as con­di­tions wors­ened, with power and wa­ter cut off in a tense im­passe.

Can­berra agreed to close its Manus Is­land fa­cil­ity by the end of Oc­to­ber after the PNG Supreme Court ruled that hold­ing peo­ple there was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

It was due to be handed over to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties on Tues­day, with some 600 men in­side told to move to tran­si­tion cen­ters in the nearby town of Loren­gau.

But many have locked them­selves in, fear­ing they will not be safe out­side where some in the lo­cal com­mu­nity do not want them.

Last week, there were reports that asy­lum-seek­ers faced “unchecked vi­o­lence” and that they “have been get­ting stabbed, beaten, and robbed” ahead of the Oct 31 dead­line.

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