Papua New Guinea court rejects application to restore services to Manus detention centre

ABC News – 7 Nov 2017

Residents of Manus Island detention centre squatting with hands above their heads hours before centre due to close

Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has rejected an application to restore basic services to the Manus Island detention centre.

Key points:

  • Refugees at the centre had sought an injunction ordering the restoration of power, water and food supplies
  • Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia said he was satisfied the alternative accommodation were “of good standard”
  • Prime Minister says the men who have refused to leave the centre were being encouraged by “some activists in Australia”

The centre closed permanently a week ago, with 600 men who had been refusing to leave told to leave the premises.

One of the refugees still at the centre, Behrouz Boochani, had sought an injunction ordering the restoration of power, water and food supplies after they were cut off.

But the court rejected the application saying there was “no real good reason” why the men should not voluntarily move to the three alternative accommodation sites on offer in the main town of Lorengau.

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