In a long expected verdict, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, this week declared the Australian refugee detention centre in Manus Island as illegal. It ordered its immediate closure, a direction that the PNG Government said it will implement as soon as possible.
This has once again highlighted the repressive and inhumane nature of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. Meanwhile in the Nauru detention centre daily protests continue with a refugee setting himself alight. Omid died a few days later in hospital. Refugee activists are planning demonstrations in the coming days to pressure the government to bring these refugees to Australia.