Security services set to end for Pacific detention centres

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Around 100 protestors gathered in Wellington last month, demanding the closure of the detention centres. Image: Peace Action Wellington

Wilson Security has confirmed that it will not renew its contract for its security service in the controversial Papua New Guinea and Nauru detention centres.

This means the Australian government-run centres will no longer have operating security where evidence of ongoing abuse has been reported.

The company’s decision follows the announcement of its sub-contractor, Broadspectrum, which will also be ending its contract in the detention centres.

A media release confirmed both contracts for these providers would conclude in October 2017.

Last month the Australian government confirmed that both detention centres would be closed.

Amnesty International said this was the “first step” in ending the human rights abuses of refugees and children that was happening in the centres.

But a time frame for the closure of the detention centres has still not be confirmed.

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