The operation to move refugees and asylum seekers from the Lombrum detention centre shows no signs of de-escalating. Authorities armed with sticks and knives have been forcibly relocating men over the past week.
Hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers remain at risk of violence from members of the local community and security forces. Refugees have said they witnessed others being beaten or injured in the move. Police are threatening to forcibly move the hundreds of men still at the centre.
The closure of the detention centre only to move refugees to other so-called transit centres on Manus Island increases the already grave risks to their human rights.