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Manus Island Closure

Thursday 28th April / presented by Paul Hunt

Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island has been ruled as illegal by Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court as it breaches the right to personal liberty, outlined in PNG’s constitution.

The ruling shows that the Papua New Guinea government ignored their own laws when they accepted the asylum seekers.

The result of this ruling is that the PNG government and the Australian government have been ordered to cease the illegal detention of 850 men currently at the Manus Island detention centre.

Barrister Julian Burnside AO QC is a human rights and refugee advocate who has gained insight into the Manus Island detention centre through doctors and workers. Paul Van Lieshout discusses with him the scandalous mistreatment and lack of personal liberty, revealed through his research.

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