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PNG to shut parts of Manus Island detention centre: refugees
5:03 pm GMT+12, 15/05/2017, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea will close some parts of an Australian-run detention centre within weeks, refugees said on Monday, stepping up pressure on asylum seekers hoping to start a new life.
 
Human rights groups and the United Nations have criticised the Manus Island detention complex, one of two South Pacific island asylum-seeker centers funded by Australia, for cramped conditions, inadequate medical facilities and violence.
 
At a meeting, Papua New Guinea immigration officials told refugees that an area of the Manus camp would close on May 28, with the rest of the compound to shut on June 30.
 
An unspecified number of asylum-seekers will be relocated to a transit center, one refugee quoted the officials as having said.
 
“Immigration is telling people that their plan is to remove those people who were interviewed for America to East Lorengau camp, which is close to Lorengau town,” said Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish Iranian detained on Manus for nearly four years, referring to the island's major town.

SOURCE: REUTERS/PACNEWS


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