MEDIA RELEASE 31/10 | MANUS ALLIANCE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE GROUP PRESENTS PETITION TO GOVERNOR

Refugee Action Coalition

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MANUS ALLIANCE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE GROUP PRESENTS PETITION TO GOVERNOR
More than 300 Manusians have signed a petition calling for all asylum seekers and refugees to be returned to Australia.
The petition, organised by the Manus Alliance Against Human Rights Abuse, is addressed to PNG Prime Minsiter and the PNG Chief Justice
The petition was presented to the to governor at the Manus Provincial Government offices this afternoon. Despite some threatening behaviour from the governor towards the petitioners, he personally accepted the petition.
Meanwhile refugees continue to try to secure the perimeter fence against possible attack, just hours before the 5.00pm deadline for closure. (Photo attached)
For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE 31/10 | LOCALS LOOT THE MANUS DETENTION CENTRE

Refuge Action Coalition

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LOCALS LOOT THE MANUS DETENTION CENTRE

Recent photos show PNG locals looting furniture and equipment from the unguarded detention centre.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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MEDIA RELEASE 31/10 | TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON MANUS

Refugee Action Coalition
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON MANUS
The government needs to act urgently to prevent a looming disaster on Manus Island.
Security guards have deserted their posts at Manus detention centre, leaving the centre undefended. There is no drinking water. (Photos attached of empty drinking water crates and deserted guard posts were taken this morning, 31 October)
Meanwhile there is a constitutional enforcement hearing in the PNG Supreme Court this morning which will determine that the PNG and Australian government has breached the human rights of asylum seekers taken to Manus Island. The determination will open the way for compensation for the human rigjhts breaches and unlawful detention and seeking further orders to remedy to the on-going human rights breaches.
Documents have also been lodged for an urgent Supreme Court hearing seeking urgent injunctions to stop the closure of the centre and forcibly relocation the refugees and asylum seekers to unsecure areas around the Lorengau settlement on Manus. The action will also seek orders to re-instate all services, pending a hearing for orders for the PNG gpovernment to facilitate resettlement in a safe third country.
“We need urgent action from the Australian government today. There are real fears that the government will authorise force to be used against the asylum seekers and refugees in the centre, even as they deprive them of food and water,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
 
PROTEST

The Refugee Action Coalition is holding a protest, “Don’t Force Manus Closure; Bring Them Here,” at Sydney Commonwealth government offices, Tuesday, 31 October, 12.30pm, cnr Bent and Bligh Sts, Sydney. Speakers include, Doctors for Refugees, Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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