Nauru hunger strike enters fifth day – police charge two Iranians

November 5, Refugee Action Coalition: The hunger strike by asylum seekers on Nauru is now in its fifth day, still with around 300 asylum seekers refusing food. The asylum seekers report that they have the signatures of 300 people who are taking part in the hunger strike but they have been prevented from scanning the document to send to the media.

Today, at least five people have been taken to the medical centre, taking the total people treated over the course of the hunger to 60.

In an unexpected move, this (Monday) morning Australian Federal Police and Nauruan police attended the detention centre. The AFP asked asylum seekers if they would meet with the Nauruan police but the asylum seekers refused. Continue reading “Nauru hunger strike enters fifth day – police charge two Iranians”

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Christmas Island: asylum seekers on hunger strike

August 25: Asylum seekers, potentially numbering in the hundreds, have gone on a hunger strike on Christmas Island to protest against being sent to Nauru for their claims to be assessed.

Afghan asylum seeker Imayat Ali told Fairfax by phone late on Friday that 238 people, including about 40 women and children – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka – had been told they would be sent to Nauru, “and if we refuse … we would be deported to our home countries. So we’ve been doing hunger strike,” Mr Ali, 55, said. Continue reading “Christmas Island: asylum seekers on hunger strike”