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G4S, Broadspectrum & Wilson Security settle class action suit by refugees detained on Manus Island

Manus Island regional processing facility, Photo Credit DIAC Images licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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6 September 2017

Australia: Court approves compensation settlement for detainees held on Manus Island

Author: Ben Doherty, The Guardian

"Manus Island: judge approves $70m compensation for detainees", 6 September 2017

A judge has approved a $70m compensation payout to current and former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees over their illegal detention in dangerous conditions in what is Australia’s largest human rights class action settlement...

Victorian supreme court justice Cameron Macaulay said on Wednesday he had approved the settlement reached with the Australian government and operators of the Manus Island regional processing centre.

Lawyers hope to be able to get the compensation paid to current and former Manus Island detainees before the offshore immigration detention centre closes at the end of October...

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14 June 2017

Government to pay $70m damages to 1,905 Manus detainees in class action

Author: Ben Doherty & Calla Wahlquist, Guardian (UK)

The Australian government and its offshore detention contractors will pay more than $70m in compensation to nearly 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers for illegally detaining them in dangerous and damaging conditions on Manus Island…The breakdown of money to be paid by the Australian government, G4S, and Broadspectrum has not been made public, but it is possible that some of the settlement could be paid by Wilson Security, which was sued by Broadspectrum and brought into the class action as a secondary defendant…[During] riots [on Manus Island in] February 2014…more than 70 detainees were seriously injured…refugees were shot by police, were stabbed and had their throats slits when the camp was overrun by rioters from outside. Iranian Reza Barati was murdered by security guards...

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14 June 2017

Manus class action settled for $70 million

Author: Megan Neil, Australian Associated Press

Current and former Manus Island detainees will receive $70 million in Australia's largest human rights class action settlement. Lawyers for the 1900 detainees have reached a conditional settlement with the Australian government and the operators of the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre...with no admission of liability...The class action sought compensation for alleged physical and psychological injuries the detainees argued they suffered as a result of the conditions in which they were held. It also sought damages for false imprisonment after the [Papua New Guinea] Supreme Court ruled the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was unconstitutional. The settlement will be paid by the Australian government and the companies that have managed the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, G4S Australia and Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield Services). The amount to be paid [by] each defendant is confidential...

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