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Footage reveals horrific conditions on Manus

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Saul Franklin | 10 November, 2017, 01:13

The 600 refugees waiting it out in squalid conditions at a mothballed detention centre on Manus Island are "effectively squatting", federal cabinet minister Christopher Pyne told the TODAY show.

"It is very bad for your health and well-being if you continue to refuse to move to your new accommodation where there is food, water, electricity and other services", the letter, which was authorised by an official from the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority, said.

"The State party should also address the conditions of detention in immigration facilities, provide adequate mental healthcare, refrain from applying force or physical restraints against migrants and ensure that all allegations of use of force against them are promptly investigated", it said.

But the men say it is not safe for them to leave the facility.

Mr Albanese said the centre was supposed to be a processing centre, but instead became a place of indefinite detention.

The letter continued: "If necessary, force may be used to relocate those who refuse to move voluntarily for your own sake".

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Despite the warning, several of the asylum seekers said on social media that they still would not leave the site.

Minister Thomas also clarified the issue of which government is responsible for ongoing care and support for those that remain in PNG and durable solutions for the refugees and return non-refugees. He warned that "appropriate means" would be used to "apprehend individuals who are causing unnecessary anxiety and violence".

"Their actions are now heading towards a law and order situation, as well as a hygiene and sanitation problem, and it will be dealt with as such, whether they are genuine refugees or not".

However, it has been widely criticised by the United Nations and human rights advocates.

Australia insists its tough immigration policy against boat people dissuades would-be migrants from attempting the risky crossing to Australia and has therefore prevented hundreds of deaths at sea.

"They can not, having created the situation, now compound it by sending in security forces to force the refugees to move".

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