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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Papua New Guinean Police Evict Remaining Asylum-Seekers From Australian-Run Detention Camp

Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex on Friday, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies. Australia closed the Manus Island

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said in a statement on Sunday that the remaining refugees have until Monday to leave “so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility can be completed for the PNG defense force to take complete control of their land and property,” Reuters and The Guardian reported.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday her country was willing to take 150 asylum seekers from among those held on Manus island and another camp on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru.

Her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, however said Canberra preferred to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former U.S. President Barack Obama last year. Under that deal, up to 1,250 asylum seekers could be sent to the United States and Australia will in turn accept refugees from Central America.

“We want to pursue those, conclude those arrangements, and then in the wake of that obviously we can consider other ones,” Turnbull told Ardern during a media conference in Sydney.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

The Manus center has been a key part of Australia’s controversial “Sovereign Borders” immigration policy. The country refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, detaining them in camps in Papua New Guinea PNG and Nauru in the South Pacific.

Lawyers for some of the 600 men filed a last-minute lawsuit in PNG to prevent the camp’s closure and allow the men to be relocated to a third country. A ruling is expected on Wednesday.

The detainees were left alone for the first time in more than four years after camp staff all left on Tuesday morning, Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz told Reuters.

“The water and electricity are still on but we are vulnerable now after the staff left us all alone,” Aziz said.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 17 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 17 August 2017

Both Australia and Papua New Guinea have said the Manus camp will close by October, but the fate of the men living there remains in doubt. The High Court challenge to Australia’s policy was launched by an Iranian asylum seeker who has been held on Manus since 2013.

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA POLITICS: Vote Counting Begins Amid Electoral Roll Confusion

PAPUA NEW GUINEA POLITICS: Vote Counting Begins Amid Electoral Roll Confusion

Tension in PNG has been high for months amid a groundswell of unrest following allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Refugee Detainees Sue Government

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Refugee Detainees Sue Government

The class action is led by an Iranian immigrant, Majid Karami Kamasaee, who spent 10 months at the Manus Island facility and who now lives in community detention in Melbourne.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers at Australian-Run Detention Center in Papua New Guinea Told to Leave or Miss US Resettlement

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Asylum Seekers at Australian-Run Detention Center in Papua New Guinea Told to Leave or Miss US Resettlement

“I’m not going to Lorengau,” said one asylum seeker. “Many refugees have been beaten, robbed and abused (there) in different ways.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Assad Has to Go!’ Turnbull Declares

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: ‘Assad Has to Go!’ Turnbull Declares

Malcolm Turnbull declared President Bashar Assad of Syria has got to go if there is to be a political settlement of that country’s brutal civil war.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US Officials Begin Assessing Asylum Seekers In Australia

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US Officials Begin Assessing Asylum Seekers In Australia

Should Trump veto the deal, the detainees would be left with the choice of returning to their home countries or remaining in Nauru or Papua New Guinea.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US, Australia Announce Refugee Resettlement Deal

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: US, Australia Announce Refugee Resettlement Deal

“I can confirm the government has reached a further third country resettlement arrangement for refugees with United States,” PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

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AUSTRALIA: Christopher Pyne Slams Gillian Triggs

AUSTRALIA: Christopher Pyne Slams Gillian Triggs

“The human rights commissioner and her position, or his position, should be above politics,” said Pyne, who is also minister for defence.

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AUSTRALIA: Refugees Driven To Suicide On Nauru – Amnesty

AUSTRALIA: Refugees Driven To Suicide On Nauru – Amnesty

Amnesty : “The conditions on Nauru, refugees’ severe mental anguish, the goal of offshore processing is to coerce people to achieve specific outcome amounts to torture.”

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AUSTRALIA: Asylum Seekers’ Camp On Papua New Guinea To Be Closed Down

AUSTRALIA: Asylum Seekers’ Camp On Papua New Guinea To Be Closed Down

“1,000 men on Manus lost 3 or more years of their lives locked up in limbo for no good reason,” Elaine Pearson Australia director of Human Rights Watch.

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AUSTRALIA: Court Says Asylum Seeker Cannot Be Forced To Have Abortion In PNG

AUSTRALIA: Court Says Asylum Seeker Cannot Be Forced To Have Abortion In PNG

Under Australia’s hardline immigration policy, asylum seekers intercepted at sea trying to reach Australia are sent for processing to camps on Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

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AUSTRALIA: Dutton Rules Out Settling 800 Asylum Seekers

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton stressed the success of Australia’s hard-line policy strongly criticised by the United Nations and human rights agencies.

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