Australian Asylum Seekers Told To Choose Between Life In Jail, Or Torture And Death In Home Countries
"It’s essentially putting people who need protection into limbo or detention forever."
“Recent reporting from the camps indicates a new level of violence and suffering,” the actress and animal rights activist writes.
“Australia has in effect created and then abandoned a humanitarian crisis," a UN watchdog group said of the situation on Manus Island.
Rights groups have pleaded with the Australian government to evacuate the center.
The ultimate fate of 800 asylum seekers held in the camp remains unclear.
The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.