Refugees relocated to new camps on Manus

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Gari Baki says that a total of 50 refugees were peacefully relocated from the Lombrum based Regional Processing Centre to either of the two recently declared immigration centres on Manus Island.

Of this number, 36 non-refugees and 13 refugees left voluntarily after being briefed and convinced by PNG Government officials whilst one, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was escorted out of the centre by government officials.

“I am glad that this relocation exercise was done peacefully and without use of force. Kurdish journalist Boochani was not arrested, nor was he charged. He was stirring up trouble and telling other refugees not to move out of the centre so police and immigration officers simply escorted him out of the decommissioned centre and transported him to the East Lorengau Refugee Centre.

“We are doing the best we can and the refugees cannot continue to be stubborn and defiant. The fact is that we are not moving them into the jungle,” said Mr Baki.