Nearly 50 Manus Island detainees told they have no claim to refugee status

“At least 45 asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre have been told they are not entitled to refugee status, despite never presenting their refugee claims to Papua New Guinea authorities.

And while they face possible deportation, only one – the outspoken Kurdish Iranian journalist Behrouz Bouchani – has been told he has been granted provisional “positive” refugee determinations, despite refusing to participate in the process in PNG.

The move by PNG immigration is further progression of the government’s plans to process all refugee applications by the end of June and eventually empty and close the Manus detention centre.

It also comes amid an apparent continuing crackdown by the Nauru government on refugees self-harming or attempting suicide, to deter protests.”

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