There’s No Escape From Australia’s Refugee Gulag

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One branch of Canberra’s notorious offshore detention system has closed.

But the men who were imprisoned there are now stranded on a remote Pacific island that doesn’t want them.

  • Mark Isaacs
  • FP

ΜANUS ISLAND, Papua New Guinea — When I first entered the Manus Island detention center in early November 2017, I was confronted with an apocalyptic scene.

An image released November 13, 2017, shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition

An image released November 13, 2017, shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition

Toilets overflowed with urine and feces; campfires burned in litter-filled corridors; blood-red graffiti riddled the walls; and zombielike figures lay slumped at odd angles on dirty mattresses and tables.

Australia operated and…

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