Tag: Papua New Guinea

Death, Beatings Highlight the Horrors of Australia’s Manus Island Refugee Detention Centre

A number of disturbing cases concerning the offshore Asylum Seeker Detention Centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island have recently captured online attention in Australia and beyond.

As reported in an earlier post, since 2013 asylum seekers arriving by boat without a valid visa are sent to offshore centres on Manus Island and Nauru. There is currently no possibility of being allowed to settle in Australia.

The Australian government announced in August 2016 that it intends to close the Manus centre, but the facility continues to generate controversy, most recently with the death of a Sudanese asylum seeker and the beating of two Iranian asylum seekers allegedly by police.