1 Sep 2017

Gay detainees on Manus Island are outlaws in PNG

From , 5:04 am on 1 September 2017

For gay men who fled persecution in their homelands to seek asylum in Australia, detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island offers a special kind of torture.

Homosexuality is illegal in Papua New Guinea, and although the Manus detention centre comes under PNG law, incarceration has, effectively, shielded the detainees from prosecution.

But full integration is imminent with the Australian government aiming to close the centre by the end of October.

Dominic Godfrey has more.

Protest at the Manus Island detention centre 28-8-17.

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