Papua New Guinea, Australia agree to close detention center

August 17, 2016 8:26 AM

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Papua New Guinea and Australia say they have agreed to close a detention center on Manus Island but have offered no details on when it will happen or on the fate of the 850 men being held there.

Australia's policy of sending migrants who try to reach its shores by boat to island detention centers has long drawn criticism from human rights groups. In April, Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court ruled that the Australian-run detention center on Manus Island was unconstitutional.

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