Prison authorities in Papua New Guinea have killed and killed 17 prisoners in jail for a mass break, local press reported Monday, prompting calls for an investigation into overcrowded prisons in the South Pacific, where Australia Asylum seekers say.
Fifty fugitives who are still free from prison in the city of Lae, on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, police said on their official Facebook page, which has warned the public that increased lift and armed robbery was probable.
“These are dangerous people,” said Lae Metropolitan Police commander. “The policy provides for a rise in serious crime in the city.”
Local media reported that more than 70 prisoners attempted to escape Friday’s Buimo prison near 200 miles (200 km) north of the capital, Port Moresby. The Post and the national newspapers Correrier reported that 17 prisoners had died, three captured and 57 were still in general.
It was the third massive escape Buimo in three years.
International human rights groups have repeatedly called for research on PNG prisons, citing concerns about overcrowding, limited access to medical treatment and delays in legal proceedings.
“Unfortunately, these incidents, as tragic as they are, happen all too often in Papua New Guinea, because there is a bad responsibility to the police and security guards,” said Kate Schuetze, a Pacific researcher at Amnesty International on the telephone.
In February last year, 11 prisoners were killed in an attempt to escape in Buimo after 30 prisoners attacked the guards. Fifty-five men escaped from jail in 2015 and two years earlier, one detainee was shot when 44 fled the same facility in another mass flight.
Australia maintains an asylum detention center on the island of Manus PNG, in accordance with its policy of not allowing persons attempting to reach Australia by boat and settled in the country.
The Manus camp, one of the two detention centers for asylum seekers on the South Pacific island, funded by Australia, has been criticized by human rights groups and United Nations limestone conditions, inadequate medical facilities And violence.
The PNG Supreme Court ruled in 2016 that the camp was illegal and should be closed, forcing Australia to confirm that it would leave the camp by the end of 2017.
Australia has reached an agreement with former US President Barack Obama to take some detainees who were considered refugees, an agreement criticized by President Donald Trump as a “stupid agreement” when he took office earlier this year