Following the Court ruling dismissing the application by Behrous Boochani and his lawyer Ben Lomai to put on hold the decommissioning process and restore services at Manus Refugee Processing Centre, acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha has urged all refugees and failed asylum seekers to move immediately to their alternative accommodation provided at Lorengau.
Mr Kantha said that they no longer have a legal basis to remain at the decommissioned facility and reiterated the statement from the Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas that it was impossible to restore any services.
They must move immediately for the interest of their own safety, hygiene and health, he said.
The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority has sent provincial health inspectors into the decommissioned facility yesterday to make an assessment which they are going to likely declare the place uninhabitable for anyone to reside as there are no longer access to basic services, water and waste and garbage is piling that is posing serious risks of exposure to contagious diseases such as dysentery and cholera,” Mr Kantha said.
“The residents must move immediately as the PNGICSA and authorities is assessing the situation and may take steps to move them for the interest of all residents including staff who are within the vicinity that may also be exposed to contagious diseases as a result of wastes pilling up from residents refusing to move.
“All services including security and medical services are available at the new accommodation sites and there is no reason to remain at Lombrum.”