United Nations implores Australia to resume feeding 'starving' refugees at remote camp

Refugees protest on Manus Island with Australian Senator Nick McKim

Russell Crowe offers house, jobs to resettle Manus refugees in Australia

Hollywood star Russell Crowe has slammed Australia for refusing New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees stranded on Manus Island and Nauru.

In his retirement, the Grand Chief says he is at liberty today to speak about the miserable manner in which Australia is trying to offload the Manus Island Refugees.

There was no immediate comment from Australia or its representatives in Geneva.

"We have conveyed to the Australian government and to the local government of Papua New Guinea as well that until the time the accommodation is ready, refugees should not be moved there", UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said.

"Australia is party to the United Nations" Convention on Refugees and opted for a "solution' that has been unsatisfactory to Manus people, PNG and the refugees of Manus Detention Centre".

This was in the same year it declared, under former prime minister Kevin Rudd, that no asylum seeker on Manus Island would ever be settled in Australia.

Campaigners say the government in Canberra is "treating the men like animals" and are demanding they be allowed to resettle in Australia. They are Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Afghans, Iranians, Sri Lankans and other nationalities.

"We repeat our overall concerns about Australian offshore processing centres which are unsustainable, inhumane and contradictory to its human rights obligations", Colville said.


Food, water and power has been cut off to the site, which is also a Papua New Guinea naval base.

The last food distribution was on Sunday, he said.

Nicole Judge, who worked for the Salvation Army on Manus Island, said she advocated for closing the detention centre but didn't want people left there to suffer.

Ms Ardern has reiterated the NZ offer, first made under John Key's centre-right National government to Australia's previous Labor government in 2013.

"I acknowledge that, while New Zealand has not had to contend with these issues on our shores, it's hard to ignore the human face of this situation and nor should it be ignored", Ardern wrote.

"As I have said in New Zealand, we of course do not have the circumstances that Australia is operating under, but we also can not ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with either", she said.

Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz Adam accuses Australia of abandoning them, and hopes New Zealand will offer them sanctuary. "You can't keep political hostages".

Australia has struggled to move the refugees to third countries such as Cambodia or PNG. The agreement had envisaged resettling up to 1,250 refugees from Manus and Nauru to America, but the vetting process has been slow.

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