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United Nations urges humane approach to Manus Island crisis

United Nations urges humane approach to Manus Island crisis

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Manus Island refugees said he will file an application next week to disqualify the chief justice of the Papua New Guinea supreme court from presiding over the refugees' case.

New footage from activist group GetUp! shows the cramped and unhygienic conditions inside the closed detention centre without food, running water, electricity of medicine.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports. The accommodation they have been told to move to remains unfinished and uninhabitable, independent observers say.

Another of the protestors, Anna Hush, said, "If Philip Ruddock claims to care about human rights, he should join us in calling on both Liberal and Labor to end offshore detention and bring the refugees here".

"I stand by the way we've managed this situation: every step of the way has been a dialogue with Australia about the best way to find resolution".

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"The current situation at the MRPC and on Manus Island is now totally out of control and fears of a looming "bloodbath" are mounting by the day".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/186217" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *on November 5 repeated her government's offer to resettle 150 of the asylum-seekers, but Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia would not be taking it up "at this time". It says boat arrivals will never enter Australia, even if they are found to be refugees, as this would encourage people smugglers in Asia.

But Ms Adern's criticism of Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on the island - which she has described as unacceptable - has prompted a warning from New Zealand's opposition for her to tread carefully.

"We made the offer because we saw a great need", she said. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on Wednesday said "appropriate means" would be used to apprehend those responsible for "disruption".

"I see the human face of this, I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", Ardern said. Australia has consistently rejected the offer, saying it represents a "back door" to Australia, something it will not abide. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.


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