Punishment not protection: Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea

Refugees Human rights Government accountability Asylum seekers Refugee settlement Offshore detention Australia Manus Island
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For the past four and a half years, more than 800 refugees and people seeking asylum have been immured in Australian-run detention centres on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The PNG government has repeatedly failed to implement measures to integrate refugees, ensure they are self-sufficient, provide them with travel or identity documents or provide for their freedom of movement. Even if they were willing to address these issues, they have been unable to protect refugees from the violence they face in the community. Australia has used a deliberate system of indifference and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and people seeking asylum and remains responsible for their fate and well-being. Australia must end its harmful offshore processing polices and bring those who sought asylum in its territory back there, or allow and facilitate them to settle in other safe countries.

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