10 Aug 2017

UN 'gravely concerned' over conditions on Manus Island

1:22 pm on 10 August 2017

The United Nations refugee agency says it is gravely concerned over the deteriorating conditions in Australia's refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Officials gathered at the gate of Foxtrot compound.

Officials gathered at the gate of Foxtrot compound. Photo: Behrouz Boochani

The agency said the planned closure of the centre, along with the withdrawal of medical care, torture and trauma support and security services by November, is exacerbating a highly stressful situation for 773 refugees who remain on the Island.

It said many feared for their safety outside the centre in the wake of several violent attacks by locals.

It said Australia must urgently find viable, humane solutions outside of Papua New Guinea and Nauru for those remaining under offshore processing arrangements.