Protests in NZ as Ardern talks Manus

Protests in NZ as Ardern talks Manus

Protests in NZ as Ardern talks Manus

Four hundred and twenty-one refugees and asylum seekers holed up in the Manus Island detention centre have been told by Papua New Guinea's government they must leave on Monday or face forcible eviction, as another legal challenge goes to court, and global pressure continues to mount on Australia to intervene.

The agency has urged both PNG and Australia to find a "humane approach" to end the "unconscionable human suffering".

This has previously been resisted, with official concerns that it would create a small group of "second-class citizens" in New Zealand that don't enjoy free access to Australia.

"We are here today to stand in solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and to tell the Australian government that their actions are unacceptable", said Emma.

"After four years of unlawful detention, the refugees and asylum seekers are not about to be forced into yet another detention center", coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said.

Ms Ardern has continued to push New Zealand's offer to accept 150 refugees and asylum seekers from Australia's offshore detention centres since her first face-to-face meeting with her Australian counterpart in Sydney a week ago.

The Prime Minister acknowledges she could be seen as an irritant to the Australians over her persistence on resettling the Manus Island refugees.

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Ardern, who previously reiterated NZ's offer, criticised Australia's unyielding stance on Sunday.

One of Malcolm Turnbull's Ministers Matt Canavan has described it as a publicity stunt by Jacinda Ardern.

Fr Roche said before they were not allowed to go inside the centre to help the refugees and asylum seekers, but after the current move to the new facilities at Lorangau, they are able to provide help to the refugees and asylum seekers with charitable groups.

"I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play".

Speaking at the APEC Summit in Vietnam on Saturday local time, the Prime Minister of New Zealand said the unfolding stand-off between refugees and PNG immigration officials was unacceptable. "I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there".

With the situation worsening by the day, the PNG government is demanding a solution while Australia is denying responsibility.

Ms Ardern said it was faster to organise the logistics of any deal with Australia.

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