Australian authorities destroy makeshift shelters on Manus Island


Four hundred and twenty-one refugees and asylum seekers holed up in the Manus Island detention centre have been told by Papua New Guinea's government they must leave on Monday or face forcible eviction, as another legal challenge goes to court, and worldwide pressure continues to mount on Australia to intervene.

Asked about reports that Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove the men from the centre, Ms Ardern said she would once again raise her country's offer to take refugees from Manus Island with Mr Turnbull.

However, after the centre closed and electricity was switched off at the end of October, hundreds of men stayed put, reportedly fearing the conditions at transit centres set up for the refugees.

"Our advice to them is that common sense must prevail", Manus Police Commander David Yapu said on Monday.

More than 100 of the refugees have left for three "transition" centers on Manus since it was officially closed.

"What Australia is doing is inhumane, and that is why we are here locking down the Australian high commission".

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"We made the offer because we saw a great need". This has caused local unrest, as the lives of Manus Islanders have been disrupted by the centres.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talks as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern listens during a press conference after their meeting in Sydney, Australia.

The Manus centre is one of a number of offshore detention sites set up the Australian government as a means of deterring "boat people" from heading to the country.

Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior. "I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play", she said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has criticised Australia's handling of the escalating refugee crisis as the situation on Manus Island reaches fever pitch.

"I see the human face of this issue. I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there", she said. Australia has consistently rejected the offer, saying it represents a "back door" to Australia, something it will not abide.