New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern slams 'unacceptable' Manus Island situation

Refugees at Manus Island detention centre staging a protest on November 7

Refugees at Manus Island detention centre staging a protest on November 7

They said they had exhausted their food supplies and were relying on rainwater to drink.

The U.N. has allegedly warned the stand-off is a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Many have been held by Australia for years on the island, under the country's policy of detaining asylum seekers offshore while their applications are processed. "If the PNG Defence Force takes over the land, that's when the people will have to leave".

Some show the officials pulling down makeshift shelters, and others show them smashing taps on large water tanks and water gushing from broken fixtures.

On Sunday night, Commander Yapu said Monday was "the deadline" for men to leave the detention centre.

The men fear violent reprisals from the Manus island community if they move from the camp to three transit centers, pending possible resettlement to the United States. Several of those have tried to return but are being prevented from leaving the new camps by PNG immigration.

In April 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled the detention centre was unconstitutional and illegal, leading the country and Australia to prepare for its closure.

"Right now, over 600 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have had all food, water, security and power removed from them".

"There are no interpreters in Manus right now", he said. Six men have died on Manus Island under our watch.

As the standoff on the island continues, the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has condemned Australia's handling of the situation as "unacceptable".

The two leaders discussed New Zealand's longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia's detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru little more than a week ago. Australia has consistently rejected the offer, saying it represents a "back door" to Australia, something it will not abide.

One of Malcolm Turnbull's Ministers Matt Canavan has described it as a publicity stunt by Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern, who previously reiterated NZ's offer, criticised Australia's unyielding stance on Sunday.

"We see that we have a role to play here, we're very eager to play that role and as I say I'll be having another conversation with the Prime Minister in the Philippines". "No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done", Ardern said.

"I see the human face of this issue". I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

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