Weekly media wrap - 4 April 2017

International Health and Medical Services ceased operations at the Manus Island detention centre on 31 March. This follows an ongoing medical licensing issue. Some IHMS staff were instructed to remain on the island, suggesting that the company may be able to resume its work shortly.

In the continued repatriation of asylum seekers held on Manus Island, five Lebanese detainees were returned to Lebanon. There are reports that the men were pressured to consent to their removal and were offered payments of up to $25,000 each. A sixth man is being held in police custody to discuss his voluntary repatriation after committing an act of self-harm after boarding the plane.

UNHCR will refer a minimum of 850 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru for resettlement in the United States. After speculation that the US-Australia deal would not go ahead with the new Trump administration, this is one of the first signs that the deal is progressing as originally intended under the Obama administration.