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Claims Govt Tried To Make Manus Conditions Worse

Thursday 18th May / presented by Chris Mason

Leaked reports suggest that camp managers and security staff at the Manus Island detention centre have tried to intentionally make conditions there worse.

The Guardian newspaper reports a plan drafted in early last year outlined moves to coerce recognised refugees into accepting resettlement in Papua New Guinea, while also pushing asylum seekers to return home and abandon their protection claims.

The reports also reveal refugees felt unsafe in the Manus community and would face violence and danger if forced out.

Human Rights Law Centre Director of Legal Advocacy Amy Frew talks to The Mag about these findings and news that the refugee compound may be closing soon.

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