20 asylum seekers collapse during hunger strike in Western Australia detention center

09:49, April 26, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A group of 20 asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike at Western Australia's Curtin Immigration Detention Center have collapsed, Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) confirmed on Monday.

According to RRAN spokeswoman Victoria Martin-Iverson, up to 500 asylum seekers had been engaged in a peaceful protest, sitting under trees at the detention center. Amongst them, there are 100 men on hunger strike.

She said that at least 20 protesters, who are on a hunger strike and have refused food and water for days, on Monday morning collapsed and required medical treatment.

"We were told by the other detainees that they physically collapsed," Martin-Iverson told Australia Associated Press on Monday.

"Up here near Derby it's very hot and they had been refusing food and water."

She said RRAN had been negotiating with the facility's management to get a support delegation into the center, but had been unsuccessful so far.

The latest protests were sparked after visitors were suddenly denied visiting rights on Saturday.

Meanwhile, an immigration spokeswoman told Australia Associated Press that detainees remained calm, and they are sitting and protesting peacefully.

Source: Xinhua
BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
Japan in aftershocks
  Weekly review  
April 20   Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail to remove luxury seats
April 18   China undergoing shift into nation of consumers
April 18   Zhejiang checks food, raids illegal bun makers
April 19   SASS: Chinese students mentally healthier than Asian peers
April 23   The week in pictures
April 19   Build legal bulwark against moral decline
April 21   'China model' 30 years on: from home to abroad
April 21   Piano student's bloody crime heart-wrenching in China
April 18   China places firmer lid on home prices
April 19   China puts brake on economic bullet train


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
  • Focus On China
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • New recruits of rebel forces trained at boot camp near Benghazi
  • 30,000 Thai villagers in fighting zone evacuated to safe shelters
  • Blast injures 14 police in NW Pakistan
  • 'Day of Beneficial Wind' in Cairo
  • Egyptians celebrate 'Day of Beneficial Wind'
  • Selby beats Hendry in style at Snooker worlds
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion