The journey to Manus Island “We ran away from Burma because they were killing us. If we could stay in Burma, we would, because we would want to stay with our families.” Y. Burmese
Overcrowded, hot and humid living conditions
What are the human rights violations?
Refoulement Arbitrary detention Discrimination No legal protection Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment Human rights violations on Manus:
Human rights violations Refoulement
Human rights violations Arbitrary detention
Human rights violations Discrimination
Human rights violations No legal protection
Human rights violations Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
Following the trip we visited Canberra to put our concerns directly to the politicians. The meeting with the foreign Minister, Scott Morrison was brief, yet gave us the opportunity to highlight with him our main concerns about the facility and to stressed the importance of treating the men detained on Manus with dignity and respect. Later in the day the PNG Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Rimbink Pato, responded publically to the report, claiming that the report findings were ‘out of date’ despite it being up to date and only two weeks old. The Australian Minister stated that offshore processing would continue, but that where improvements could reasonably be made, they would. Amnesty will be seeking details from the Minister about the nature and timeline of these improvements in the coming months.
What needs to happen?
Australian government needs to: facilitate the development of refugee law and refugee protection to those travelling in countries in Southeast Asia encourage Southeast Asian countries to ratify the 1951 Refugee Convention work with the region to develop their capacity to assess asylum claims and protect refugees
Australian government needs to: ensure no one is returned to persecution, ill- treatment or armed conflict use the newly constructed compound in the Manus Island detention centre to relieve crowding in the other compounds redesign the older compounds to ensure detainees are not held inhumanely.
PNG must: ensure that asylum seekers are not arbitrarily detained within its territory work with UNHCR and the Australian Government to remedy the inadequacies of its Refugee Status Determination processes develop a resettlement policy that identifies practical measures to be taken to facilitate refugees’ access to housing, employment, education, and health services and otherwise promote their effective integration into PNG society.
"I am [A--- T-----] one of the asylum seekers in Manus Island Regional Processing Centre and today we had a protest against what the forign minestr of PNG and Mr Scot morison said about Amnesty International's report(they said their report was not true) we had a protest from 5PM to 6PM in front of the main gate in Foxtrot and they said they will give us the answer tomorrow on 13th December at 10 AM our conversation was with the Salvation Army and G4S bosses "Best regards "A--- T---- "
What Scott Morrison said: “Where things are presented that can improve, then of course, we will do that.”