Australian authorities destroy makeshift shelters on Manus Island

Equality Campaign Australia

"We need an urgent solution to it, whether legal or political".

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.

"The Australian government, as a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, is responsible for these refugees, regardless of how they entered Australian territory to seek asylum".

"I stand by the way we've managed this situation: every step of the way has been a dialogue with Australia about the best way to find resolution".

Papua New Guinea began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center on Thursday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

"The current situation at the MRPC and on Manus Island is now totally out of control and fears of a looming "bloodbath" are mounting by the day". Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist from Iran who has been detained on Manus island for more than four years, said on Twitter that workers had begun that task.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern listens during a press conference after their meeting in Sydney, Australia.

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Speaking to media in Vietnam on Saturday night (NZT), Ardern said she had asked to have another conversation with Turnbull - "a more substantive one" - about conditions on Manus Island.

New Zealand's prime minister says she has been in constant contact with her trans Tasman counterpart about an offer to resettle 150 refugees. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done".

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

"That offer has never been directly rejected, so whilst it's still on the table with Australia that's how I'll pursue it". "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

Australia pays for and maintains effective control of the PNG detention centre, according to the United Nations, apex courts in both countries and independent observers.

Authorities on the ground are carrying out the transferal despite the heavy downfall.

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