UN Human Rights Office urges Australia to provide food and water supplies to 600 asylum seekers who are "interned" on Papua New Guinea's Manus island in order to stop "unfolding humanitarian emergency".
Spokesperson for the UN Rights Office has reminded that Australia took on the responsibility under the 1951 Refugee Convention "to protect people from harm" and guarantee access to food, water and health care. However, since 2013 six asylum seekers have already died at the Manus Island center.
What's difference between those 2 pictures?— justice Manus (@JusticeManus) November 3, 2017
Can you believe the left one is Australia's offshore camp?exactly same as Africa (the right one) pic.twitter.com/7823BrRlRI
Recently the inmates of the detention center, sometimes dubbed" Australia's Guantanamo", have barricaded themselves inside the center as they feared they could face "unchecked violence" from locals who had attacked them in the past, occasionally with machetes and rocks.
A year ago Australia and the US reached a resettlement deal which stipulates that the most vulnerable migrants such as women and children will be relocated to the US. The US agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees from the centers in Papua New Guinea and Naur, however, an estimate of how long the application process will take was not given. In addition, the US stressed it was a one-off deal which would not be repeated.