Australia Declines Aid from New Zealand in Refugee Crisis

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In April a year ago, Papua New Guinea's highest court ruled detention for Australia's off-shore processing on Manus as "illegal" and "unconstitutional" and the PNG government ordered it be shut.

The local boat owner was later released.

On the island, it reported tensions in the community over the relocation of the men due to "lack of consultation", "lack of caseworkers" and "inadequate local hospital facilities".

The Manus island centre, and one on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru, have been key parts ofAustralia's disputed "Sovereign Borders" immigration policy, under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores.

United Nations rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news conference in Geneva on Friday about the "unfolding humanitarian emergency" in the Manus island centre, where asylum seekers have been reported digging wells to try to find water. "The world is watching Australia & we look like a**holes", he wrote.

Grand Chief Somare said he had raised this issue of inhumane treatment while in parliament and was accused of being party to the Australia/PNG plan to set up the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

"But also we have urged Australia and PNG to de-escalate the situation, resume basic services - water, electricity, medical services as well".

The Grand Chief said it is with sadness that he watched two countries play football with the lives of refugees on Manus Island.

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Around 500 of the men have still not had their asylum claims processed, he said.

"We have to move them without any use of physical force and their transfers from the centre to the new locations must be done orderly and smoothly and without any force", Manus Provincial Police Commander David Yapu said.

Ms Ardern said Australia maintains there are alternate sites where refugees can get electricity and water, "but that for safety reasons some of those refugees have refused to move".

'We should give consideration to what New Zealand is offering, ' he told Sky News on Sunday.

New Zealand's newly elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reiterated an offer to take 150 refugees from offshore centres in her first meeting with Malcolm Turnbull.

In his retirement, the Grand Chief says he is at liberty today to speak about the miserable manner in which Australia is trying to offload the Manus Island Refugees.

Australia has struggled to move the refugees to third countries such as Cambodia or PNG.

"Australia blocking but has no right to say no", he wrote on Twitter.

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