Papua New Guinea(PNG) has slapped the politicians who made one of their islands a for hire prison camp. Since 2014 Australia has been diverting migrants/refugees to their country to camps, one of which is located on Manus Island. Currently about 850 men are being held in a camp formerly used by Australian military.
The sequestering of people there against their will has been deemed illegal by the PNG supreme court.
"The detention of the asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea… is unconstitutional and illegal," it said. BBC
It ordered that immediate action be taken.
While another Pacific island, Nauru, also has a prison camp on it, this looks as if the “Pacific Solution” is coming to an end.
The camp is run by a private firm which restricts access by human rights workers and by journalists. They could not refuse a UN inspection team which criticized the conditions.
Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has declared that the PNG ruling makes no difference in that Australia will not allow migrants to come to Australia “illegally”. Many of those currently in the PNG prison camp are deemed refugees. Dutton has declared that they won’t be coming to Australia.
He went on to advise those that are genuine refugees that they should settle in PNG in spite of the hostility shown to them by the islanders. In 2014 the camp and the prisoners were attacked by locals.
Another option for those judged genuine refugees is that they would be allowed to emigrate to Cambodia. Cambodia is currently not killing all who wear eyeglasses.
Australia has other immigration detention centres within the country. Nine are located in the country, including on sweetly named Christmas Island.
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