Posted By Staff Reporter
Seven West Papuan asylum seekers detained by Australia Immigration Department after reaching the Torres Strait have reportedly been flown to the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby.
The group of seven - a 10 year old boy, a woman and five men - fled Merauke in Indonesia’s Papua province earlier this week.
It’s understood they fled due to ongoing intimidation and surveillance by security forces since their involvement in the West Papua Freedom Flotilla campaign this month.
An Australia-based West Papuan activist Ronny Kareni says the group appears to have been swiftly shifted to PNG for processing interviews with Immigration.
“I got a phone call in the early hours of this morning, a distressed phone call from a local number in PNG saying we have been dumped in Port Moresby and we will be in a meeting at 8AM.”Ronny Kareni says the group has been denied access to a lawyer.
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