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UN Agency Calls Manus Crisis A ‘Damning Indictment’ Of Australia’s Refugee Policy

The humanitarian crisis on Manus Island is manmade and entirely preventable, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said, labeling it a “damning indictment of a policy meant to avoid Australia’s international obligations,” The Guardian reports. The UNHCR also revealed accommodation for the refugees and asylum seekers is still not fully constructed, more than three weeks after the detention center was officially closed and Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton said community housing was ready for the detainees. It came as Papua New Guinea police and immigration deferred a joint operation to “politely” request the men to leave the center ahead of a supreme…