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.
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
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
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.