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Free the Bomana 53! – from Australia’s New Refugee Prison in PNG

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free the Bomana 53! – from Australia’s New Refugee Prison in PNG

Shamindan Kanapathi – Tamil refugee, live from PNG
David Manne – Refugee Legal Executive Director

Concerns are growing for the welfare of the 53 asylum seekers who are held incommunicado in the high security Bomana detention centre. They had been held on Manus for 6 years, and were moved moved to Bomana prison in Port Moresby in August. They are in the immigration wing of the prison, which was funded by Australia to the tune of $20 million.

There has been no contact with the asylum seekers since they were detained. UNHCR and Red Cross have been denied access to the centre. There is no phone access, and no visits have been approved. At least two of the asylum seekers from Bomana detention have been hospitalised.

The denial of constitutional rights to a lawyer was one of the reasons the PNG Supreme Court found detention on Manus was unlawful. PNG is repeating the same mistakes it made agreeing to Australia’s bullying request to open the Manus detention centre in 2013.

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November 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm