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Yearbook 2016

Papua New Guinea. An outbreak attempt in a Lae prison in February turned bloody. Police shot eleven prisoners to death and 17 interns were injured. Several dozen prisoners had attacked the guards and a large number escaped.

2016 Papua New Guinea

According to countryaah, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled in April that Australia's detention of asylum seekers on the island of Manus violated the Papuan Constitution's guarantee of personal freedom. Australia had paid Papua New Guinea since 2013 to receive boat refugees and migrants who tried to make their way to Australia. Now the court ordered the end of the detention.

In May, protests broke out at the University of Port Moresby, where students demonstrated against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who was accused of corruption. Demands for O'Neill's departure grew, and students in several cities went out in demonstrations.

The protests went on for weeks. Noises arose with the police, who used tear gas. According to some information, the victim was claimed, but it was rejected by the government. Hospital sources talked about 38 injured, including police. The violence went on in riot and looting, and student leaders blamed the police for provoking the violence.

A court decision banned students from demonstrating in the university field, but in late June, a student was killed in protests at the University of Lae. According to the police, it was because of violence between student groups.

Requirements for O'Neill's departure increased, and in July transport workers striked in protest of the Prime Minister. Buses, flights and shipping stood still. The opposition distrusted O'Neill in parliament, but the government won the vote.

In August, Papua New Guinea and Australia agreed that the camp for asylum seekers in Manus should be closed, but no date was set. Just over 850 people were in the camp.

Australian Press reported that Papua New Guinea received over $ 1 million (about $ 6.5 million) for each person held in the Manus camp. As a result, Australia had provided Papua New Guinea with the equivalent of SEK 13 billion over three years to release asylum seekers in their territory. The sum was a calculation made in Parliament because the government did not want to reveal the figures.

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