Australia and PNG Cut Off Water, Electricity to Migrant Detention Center to Force Move

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SYDNEY — Water and power supplies were cut off on Monday at the largest compound at an Australian-run camp for asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, detainees said, as officials tried to force them to move to a nearby transit center.

Australia wants to close its controversial detention center, which has drawn sharp criticism from the United Nations and domestic and international human rights groups, on Papua New Guinea’s remote Manus Island on Oct. 31.

However, efforts to relocate the 800 men held there have stalled after a U.S. relocation swap deal was suspended and almost all the detainees were reluctant to move out amid fears of violence in the wider Papua New Guinea (PNG) community.

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Asylum seekers housed in Delta compound look on from behind a fence as a court appointed party inspects the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New…

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