USA deal a lie, choose NZ - Manus refugee

Tammy Harvey
November 6, 2017

Australia turned down on Sunday an offer to take 150 asylum seekers being held in an Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, where United Nations officials have warned a humanitarian emergency is unfolding.

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.

"We have an arrangement with the United States, whereby, a substantial number of 1250 can, subject to the United States' rigorous vetting, be resettled in the United States".

'In the wake of that, obviously we can consider other ones, ' he said.

Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Adam accuses Australia of abandoning them, and hopes New Zealand will offer them sanctuary.

Urging the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to fully respect their human rights, Colville said: "We repeat our overall concerns about Australia's offshore processing centers, which are unsustainable, inhumane and contrary to its human rights obligations".

"Australia blocking but has no right to say no", he wrote on Twitter.

Ms Ardern's relationship with Australia has been controversial since her election with deputy PM Julie Bishop labeling the 37-year-old New Zealand leader "untrustworthy".

"We want our offer to remain on the table so we can assist as much as we are able in expediting a resolution on this issue", she said. Doesn't change that what Australia has done to these men on Manus is appalling, ' Crowe said.

It wants those who are refusing to leave the Manus site to move to alternative accommodation on the island, but the men say they are afraid for their safety, and the UNHCR has questioned whether the accommodation is ready. "They are only playing with us and media, it's a fake deal to waste time", he said.

Mr Turnbull will meet Donald Trump on the sidelines of the East Asia summit in the Philippines later this month and is facing calls to lobby for the United States president to speed up the resettlement process.

This was in the same year it declared, under former prime minister Kevin Rudd, that no asylum seeker on Manus Island would ever be settled in Australia.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described the situation as an unfolding "humanitarian crisis", with one refugee waiting more than four hours for Papua New Guinean authorities to take him to hospital after he collapsed with heart pain on Saturday night. "It's clear the Greens do", Mr Dutton told ABC radio.

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