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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 - 12:05
PNG Supreme Court rules against restoration of basic services to refugee center
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A Papua New Guinea court has ruled against restoring basic services to refugees staying in a closed Australian-run detention center.
 
About 600 men are refusing to leave the Manus Island camp which had its electricity, running water and food cut off last week.
 
The PNG Supreme Court found the men's human rights had been breached.
 
However, it rejected a bid to reconnect services on the basis there was alternative accommodation for the men.
 
Refugees and rights groups have consistently resisted moving to the new centers due to fears the men will be attacked by locals.
 
The court said those fears only existed around the time of the center’s closure.
 
"There is no real good reason why they should not voluntarily move to those new facilities," the court said in its judgment.
 
Australia detains asylum seekers, who come by boat, on PNG's Manus Island and on the Pacific Island of Nauru under a controversial offshore detention policy.
 
Most of the men at the Manus Island center have been classified as refugees.
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