Hundreds more PNG asylum seekers join legal challenge

4:28 pm on 26 February 2016

Another 287 submissions have been made by asylum seekers joining a Papua New Guinea Supreme Court constitutional challenge to the Manus Island detention centre and the denial of their human rights.

The Manus Island Detention Centre in PNG

Staff accommodation block at Manus Island Detention Centre in PNG Photo: EMTV

This second tranche of submissions takes the total number of asylum seekers joined to the case to about 600.

A third tranche is expected to be filed next month and will effectively mean all of the asylum seekers will be a party to the action to enforce their rights under the PNG constitution.

Besides the constitutionality of the agreement to establish the detention centre, asylum seekers are seeking orders regarding their imprisonment without charge, being denied access to lawyers, denied due legal process and being subjected to abuse and torture.

A 'status conference' is expected next Monday in Port Moresby to set a date for the Supreme Court hearing of the challenge.