Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus island centre for more than 11 days without regular food or water, defying closure bids by Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers are adamant they will not leave the Australian offshore prison despite police calls for evacuation. Those holed up at the prison say they would rather live in squalid conditions than risk the alternatives provided.
The remote camp on Manus Island, one of two offshore centres that holds asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat, was closed a week ago, but 600 men refuse to leave.
About 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the camp on remote Manus island in Papua New Guinea, defying efforts by Australia and PNG to shut it.
The 600 men, who have locked themselves in at the detention camp on Manus island, have little food and no water or electricity.
The Manus detention centre, located on one of the bigger islands of Papua New Guinea, is run by the Australian government. The camp which houses nearly 800 men will close down on Tuesday.
When Australia’s offshore immigration centre closes on Tuesday, 600 detainees there will be forced to move, but not to safety. Is Australia getting away with unchecked human rights abuses?
Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers held in a remote detention centre in Papua New Guinea will receive compensation after filing legal claims alleging physical and psychological injuries from the living conditions in the offshore Australian camp.
They must voluntarily leave the centre to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States.
The two countries signed a deal to send 1,200 refugees detained in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru to the US.
Thousands of Australians poured onto the street in droves as part of a nationwide protest calling for the closure of camps on Manus Island and Nauru.
Both camps in Nauru and Manus island have been criticised by the United Nations and several other human rights groups for blatant human rights violations.
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