A spokesman for Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton refused to comment, saying only there had been no change in the government's policy of refusing to allow any asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach Australian shores, and detaining them instead in camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the South Pacific.
Australia has an obligation to do so under global human rights law and the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, he said. The units have been built by Australia in the PNG community of Lorengau. Among them are about 90 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, about 200 men from Iran, and others from Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan.
"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. "They are starving and their bodies are getting weak".
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Since the centre's closure last Tuesday, food, water, power and medical services were cut from the centre, where about 600 refugees are refusing to leave. They want us to be resettled in Papua new Guinea where even the people of Papua New Guinea they do not want us to resettle in their country.
Those present heard an emergency situation is unfolding on Manus Island where refugees and asylum seekers have no safe place or security.
"I expect the situation on Manus Island will be discussed in my meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull on Sunday", Arden said in an emailed statement.
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Boochani said the New Zealand offer was "our best chance".
Last October then-Labour leader Andrew Little said Prime Minister John Key should "cause worldwide embarrassment" to Australia if it do not accept the offer for New Zealand to take up to 150 people a year from offshore detention centres.
"We call on the Australian government. who interned the men in the first place to immediately provide protection, food, water and other basic services", United Nations rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing on Friday. The leaders meet in Sydney Sunday.
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Noting that all migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers have a right to a safe and secure environment, a right to an adequate standard of living and to participate in the decision-making process that is affecting their future, Colville said: "Human dignity should be ensured throughout the entire processing of their asylum claims". Critics argue the measures are punitive and extreme.