29 Jun 2004

Iraqi hunger strikers on Nauru end protest

10:36 am on 29 June 2004

Seven Iraqi asylum seekers protesting against their detention on Nauru have abandoned a hunger strike.

The seven are among 260 asylum seekers currently on the island, awaiting processing under Australia's so-called Pacific solution.

A spokeswoman for the Nauru government says the seven ended the hunger strike at the weekend.

Helen Bogdan says she doesn't know the present conditions of the men.

She says said four of them have been in hospital and were receiving an intravenous glucose drip before the hunger strike ended.

The hunger protest follows a decision by the Australian government last year to review the cases of Afghans housed at the Nauru camp while more than 40 Afghans were on a hunger strike.