Australia to cease controversial follow of asylum seeker detentions in PNG

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CANBERRA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Australia will cease detaining asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on the finish of December, the 2 nations stated on Wednesday, as Canberra shuts one in all two distant Pacific detention centres which were criticised by the United Nations.

Under Australia’s hardline immigration insurance policies, asylum seekers trying to achieve the nation by boat have since 2013 been despatched to detention centres on PNG’s Manus Island and the South Pacific island nation of Nauru.

“The Australian government regional processing contracts in PNG will cease on 31 December 2021 and will not be renewed,” a joint assertion learn.

PNG had been urgent Australia to shut the centre.

At its peak, Australia detained about 1,000 males on Manus Island and whereas most have left, advocates stated simply over 100 stay as they both await resettlement to a 3rd nation or have had their asylum seeker functions refused.

Australia stated those that will stay can switch to Nauru or keep in PNG the place they’ll search citizenship.

Australia and Nauru earlier this yr prolonged an settlement to permit asylum seekers to proceed being held on the tiny island.

The United Nations and help companies have criticised circumstances on Manus and Nauru, citing human rights abuses and referred to as for his or her closure.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Michael Perry