PNG Court Rules Detaining Refugees On Manus Island Is Absolutely Illegal

Well hooly-bloody-dooly.

Papua New Guinea‘s Supreme Court has ruled that Australia‘s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal, throwing into question the continued operations of our detention centres.

The five-man bench ruled that both refugees and asylum seekers – of which there are 850 in total – are being illegally detained, because their freedom of movement is curtailed and is therefore in breach of the right to personal liberty in the PNG constitution.

According to reports in the ABC, centre operators have recently been trying to move refugees into so-called transit centres, as well as allow them to move outside detention under certain conditions (i.e. during the day, good behaviour).

However, asylum seekers whose refugee applications were not successful are unable to leave, and are being told they must go back to their country of origin. Both groups of people have today been found to be illegally detained.

The Supreme Court has ordered the PNG and Australian Governments to take steps to end the detention of asylum seekers in PNG immediately.

Source: ABC.

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