Protests By Asylum Seekers On PNG’s Manus Island Spreads

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Detainees call on Australia to ‘end their indefinite detention’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 3, 2014) – The daily protests by hundreds of asylum seekers held by Australia on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea have reportedly spread to all four compounds inside the detention centre.

The Refugee Action Coalition says the action began on January the 25th.

The asylum seekers, who have been held for months without any refugee assessment, are calling on the Australian government to end their indefinite detention.

The protests come at the same time as the finding by the PNG Supreme Court that clears the way for the opposition leader, Belden Namah, to proceed with his constitutional challenge to the agreement between PNG and Australia that underpins the Manus Island detention centre.

The Supreme Court also found that the detainees on the island have the rights to individually make a complaint to the National Court, or file a human rights enforcement application under the constitution.

One asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition the protests will continue until they get answers as to why they are being held in terrible conditions.

[PIR editor’s note: Radio New Zealand also reported that Australia's Human Rights Commission "will lead an inquiry into the detention of children in Australia's asylum seeker processing centres, including those abroad."]

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