Australia Responsible for Dire Conditions of Refugees

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They say they are thirsty, hungry and sick, but resolute, and they are refusing to leave because they feel unsafe in the Lorengau community to where they are being coerced to move.

Fr Roche said before they were not allowed to go inside the centre to help the refugees and asylum seekers, but after the current move to the new facilities at Lorangau, they are able to provide help to the refugees and asylum seekers with charitable groups.

"I have pursued this issue from New Zealand's perspective", she told a media conference at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

Morteza Saffari, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said, "The Australian government, despite all its apparent support for human rights, has made it very hard for those taking refuge there and pays no attention to human rights [of those concerned] whatsoever", ICANA reported on Saturday.

New Zealand has had on the table for several years an offer to take 150 refugees from Australian-run offshore detention centres each year.

Mr Turnbull opted not to take up the offer, but did not rule out accepting the deal at a later stage.

Ardern said she raised the issue with Turnbull in passing, but they have not discussed it further.

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'I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play. "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", she said. "I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said.

Given the refugees and asylum seekers' determination to stay despite the awful conditions, it is hard to see this stand off coming to an end any time soon.

However, about 420 men still remain inside the facility 12 days after it was officially shut down.

"Their physical and mental health is precarious", he said.

Papua New Guinea authorities started to dismantle makeshift shelters at the centre over the weekend, while the men reportedly began digging more wells.

United Nations refugee agency UNHCR Nai Jit Lam from the UN's refugee agency told the ABC the withdrawal of critical services had created a high risk environment for all parties involved. The people in the detention centre are now threatened with being forcibly moved by the PNG army and police to incomplete accommodation in a nearby town.

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