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UNHCR Dissatisflied with Manus Asylum Centre Conditions

UNHCR has released its second report onthe Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

Since its last visitoUNHCR noted a number of improverments, including progress towards establishing a legal framework for processing, and some improverments inthe physical settings atthe Processing centre.

It also acknowledgedthe endeavours of staff on site to assist asylum-seekers living onsite.

However, UNHCR’s inspection revealed a number of shortcomings, including freedom of moverment.In UNHCHR’s view it is arbitrary detention. 

With respect tothe legal rights of asylum-seekers, UNHCR observed thatowhile refugee status determination processing is set to start inthe near future, changes tPNG law and regulations are required to ensure a fair and efficient process is in place for all asylum-seekers inthe country.

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