Asylum seekers hunger strike continues at Western Australia's Curtin Detention Center

14:29, April 26, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Asylum seekers in Australia are continuing a hunger strike at Western Australia's Curtin Immigration Detention Center, local media reported on Tuesday.

A peaceful protest at the Kimberley facility in Western Australia continued on Tuesday as Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced government plans to toughen laws to deter violent behavior at detention centers, according to Australian Associated Press (AAP).

The proposed changes would mean anyone convicted of criminal conduct while in immigration detention would automatically be denied a protection visa under character test rules.

An immigration spokeswoman said on Tuesday that 12 detainees at Curtin had advised staff they were on "voluntary starvation", as part of a peaceful protest that started at the center on Saturday.

"Beyond that there have been some detainees who have skipped meals over the past couple of days," she said.

Around 80 mainly Afghan detainees were on Tuesday engaged in a peaceful protest at the center but numbers fluctuated, the spokeswoman said.

On Monday, around 20 detainees required minor treatment at the facility's medical center after being out in the heat, according to AAP reports.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul told AAP on Tuesday that 109 detainees were on a full hunger strike.

"Chris Bowen needs to address the underlying problems of lives being devastated by mandatory detention," Rintoul said.

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
 
     
 
 

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
  • Focus On China
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Jimmy Carter visits DPRK to ease tensions on Korean Peninsula
  • Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival 2011 kicks off
  • Second excavation to sunken 'Nan'ao No 1' finished
  • Guess who're coming to royal wedding of Prince William &Kate in UK?
  • Chernobyl nuclear disaster victims commemorated in Ukraine
  • Afghanistan investigates massive jailbreak in Kandahar
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion