Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

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 have been reported.

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

A media release confirms both contracts for these providers will conclude in October 2017.

Earlier last month the Australian government confirmed that both detention centres will be closed.

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

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