Australia to close Manus Island refugee camp
Aug.17, Sydney: Australia and Papua New Guinea have agreed to close a controversial Australian-funded prison camp for asylum seekers on Manus Island.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said in a statement he had met Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, in Port Moresby on Wednesday. Both PNG and Australia are in agreement that Manus Island centre is to be closed," the statement said.
Although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp remains unclear.
PNG's Supreme Court found in April said that detaining asylum seekers and refugees at the centre was unconstitutional.
Under Australian law, anyone intercepted trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to detention centres on Manus Island, off Papua New Guinea (PNG), or the Pacific island of Nauru.
The Oslo Times International News Network