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Australia’s ‘Pacific Guantanamo’ quietly emptied

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ONLY a handful of people remained at a remote migrant detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island Tuesday, as authorities quietly empty a facility often dubbed “Australia’s Guantanamo”.

Refugees, police and government officials told AFP a maximum of nine people remained at the facility, which has become emblematic of Australia’s controversial policy of turning away women, children and men fleeing war zones and detaining them in Pacific camps.

Successive Australian governments argued the policy was needed to deter migrants ready to make the dangerous sea voyage Down Under.

But it has been a political and legal headache for........

© Asian Correspondent