Manus Island no longer detention centre - PNG

  • 12/05/2016

Papua New Guinea has declared asylum seekers on Manus Island are no longer in detention.

The men can now leave the facility as they please -- as long as they're back at night.

The declaration comes after the country's Supreme Court found the offshore detention centre to be illegal, calling it unconstitutional and a breach of human rights.

Australia originally detained anyone intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat on Manus Island.

Papua New Guinea has asked Australia to make alternative arrangements for the 898 men at the centre, but the Australian government has insisted the asylum seekers will remain offshore.

Papua New Guinea's government is offering full settlement rights for any of the inmates found to be genuine refugees.