Australia plans to cut off water and food for asylum seekers to force them to leave
10:08 - 24/10/2017
Information / Baghdad ..
More than 600 asylum-seekers and refugees have refused to leave the Australian immigration detention center on Manos Island, which will close next week, after the Australian authorities refused to admit them to their land as they came from smuggling boats.
The Australian authorities plan to cut access to drinking water, food, medical treatment, electricity and sanitation in the center, as of next Tuesday.
Refugees will have to relocate to alternative accommodation near the main city of Lorenghao in Manos, and will provide services to refugees while awaiting resettlement elsewhere in Papua New Guinea or in a third country.
There are also 156 people in Manos whose asylum application has been rejected and will be transferred to a third residence, but are encouraged to return home according to the Australian authorities.
For its part, the Australian Senate confirmed that 606 people were asked to leave the country by the closing date, but refused to leave.
The Australian Government has offered asylum seekers detained in Manos the opportunity to move to Nauru while awaiting a possible resettlement in the United States or another country or repatriation to their countries of origin.
Australia is following a tough policy to stop illegal immigration to the country, which provides for intercepting and returning smugglers' boats to their places of origin, as well as arresting those arriving at special detention centers on remote islands in the central Pacific. Ending / 25