Increasing pressure on authorities over Manus Island humanitarian crisis

PNG's Supreme Court has blocked a move to restore basic services to Manus Island detention centre

The renewed push comes close to two weeks after the detention centre officially closed and as another deadline for asylum seekers and refugees still inside to leave passes.

Refugees have been indefinitely detained by the Australian government in illegal camps and are now being forcibly moved into even more precarious situation.

The men remaining in the camp have been living there without electricity, running water, regular food supplies and medicine for 13 days.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond reports.

Kurdish journalist and Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani said police and immigration authorities had destroyed shelters built to provide shade and cover from the tropical sun and rain in a post on Twitter.

But he said none of the refugees agreed to move yesterday to alternative facilities in the island's main town.

The agency has urged both PNG and Australia to find a "humane approach" to end the "unconscionable human suffering". This has caused local unrest, as the lives of Manus Islanders have been disrupted by the centres.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern * a href="https://newswire.storyful.com/storylines/*/stories/186217" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" *on November 5 repeated her government's offer to resettle 150 of the asylum-seekers, but Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia would not be taking it up "at this time". They say they are afraid of violent reprisals by the island's residents.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

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

"We made the offer because we saw a great need".

Peace activists from Peace Action Wellington have today locked themselves to the gates of the Australian High Commission preventing anyone from leaving, to draw attention to the situation of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

New Zealand won't pursue a deal directly with Papua New Guinea, despite Foreign Minister Winston Peters spotted holding talks with PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said. Australia has consistently rejected the offer, saying it represents a "back door" to Australia, something it will not abide. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.

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