With NZ offer rejected, Manus refugees doubt USA resettlement prospects

With NZ offer rejected, Manus refugees doubt USA resettlement prospects

With NZ offer rejected, Manus refugees doubt USA resettlement prospects

Canberra has been forced on the defensive by the move from Wellington's new government, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying Australia would instead prioritize a similar deal with the U.S. to resettle refugees in America, despite slow progress. They want us to be resettled in Papua new Guinea where even the people of Papua New Guinea they do not want us to resettle in their country.

"We call on the Australian government. who interned the men in the first place to immediately provide protection, food, water and other basic services", United Nations rights spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

"As I have said in New Zealand, we of course do not have the circumstances that Australia is operating under, but we also can not ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with either", she said.

Australia has recognized that numerous asylum seekers are refugees who can not return to their homelands, but it refuses to resettle anyone who tries to reach the country by boat in a policy it credits with dissuading such risky ocean crossings. They include Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Afghans, Iranians, Sri Lankans and other nationalities, and are nearly entirely men.

Service providers and contractors have left the island, according to Australian media reports.

However, Australia has come under fire from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with a spokesman in Geneva on Friday calling on Canberra to move the men from Manus to Australia and criticizing the offshore asylum processing policy as "unsustainable, inhumane and contrary to its human rights obligations".

Around 500 of the men have still not had their asylum claims processed, he said. "So that's a very long time to sit in effectively a detention centre disguised as a regional processing centre without your case being processed".

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Food, medicine, power and water have been cut from the former detention center. "They are starving and their bodies are getting weak".

Ardern said in a statement that the offer would be covered by New Zealand's existing refugee quota and applied to offshore refugees on both Manus Island and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru. Ardern has pledged to raise the issue of refugees and has reiterated an offer to take in up to 150 refugees.

"Australia deny to give our fundamental rights such as water and food", said Adam.

The honorable prime minister of New Zealand, we are begging you and pleading you to help us.

New Zealand's offer to accept 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru was waved away, with Turnbull saying his government had to first consider its refugee-swap deal with the US. And the only hope we now have is the New Zealand government.

Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this year the United States administration would honour the agreement.

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