United Nations concerned over safety of 600 men in Manus Island

Protesters tell stage a vigil outside New Zealand Parliament House in support of refugees on Manus Island

Australia will continue to manage the refugee crisis which is teetering on a humanitarian crisis on Manus Island's detention center after declining New Zealand's offer to host 150 refugees.

The Australian Prime Minister again rebuffed a four-year-old offer to send refugees and asylum seekers from offshore detention centres to New Zealand when it was again offered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday morning.

Noting that all migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers have a right to a safe and secure environment, a right to an adequate standard of living and to participate in the decision-making process that is affecting their future, Colville said: "Human dignity should be ensured throughout the entire processing of their asylum claims".

Ms Ardern acknowledged on Sunday that the situation was becoming acute but understood Mr Turnbull's position to first pursue the U.S. deal because it would help substantially more people than New Zealand's small offer could.

There was no immediate comment from Australia or its representatives in Geneva.

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Ardern said in a statement that the offer would be covered by New Zealand's existing refugee quota and applied to offshore refugees on both Manus Island and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru.

"We will not have our immigration programme, our sovereignty, our borders outsourced to people smugglers", he said.

Mr Turnbull discussed the offer with newly-elected New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern on Sunday, as conditions deteriorated for the 600 men refusing to leave the Manus Island site.

Colville joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in warning of an "unfolding humanitarian emergency" in the centre where asylum seekers began digging wells on Thursday to try to find water as their food supplies dwindled. They include Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Afghans, Iranians, Sri Lankans and other nationalities, and are nearly entirely men.

"But also we have urged Australia and PNG to de-escalate the situation, resume basic services - water, electricity, medical services as well".

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"We of course do not have the circumstances that Australia is operating under, but we also can not ignore the human face of what Australia is dealing with", she said. "They are starving and their bodies are getting weak".

An uncomfortable looking Mr Turnbull said his government had to first consider its refugee-swap deal with the United States. And the only hope we now have is the New Zealand government.

So far, 54 refugees have been resettled in the US.

"We want our offer to remain on the table so we can assist as much as we are able in expediting a resolution on this issue", she said.

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