1 Nov 2012

Indefinite hunger strike at Australia's Nauru camp

3:50 pm on 1 November 2012

Asylum seekers in the Nauru detention centre say they have begun an indefinite hunger strike after another suicide attempt and two incidents of self harm in the camp yesterday evening.

Four hundred asylum seekers are awaiting processing in Nauru after Australia re-established offshore processing to deter those trying to reach Australia.

A Pakistani asylum seeker in the camp Aya Tullah says all the detainees are refusing food.

"All the guys they are just quiet. They are lying on the ground because from today they didn't take breakfast and all the asylum-seekers, they announced that they will continue their hunger strike until they are shifted to Australia and process their cases (sic)."

A Pakistani detainee Aya Tullah

Australia's Immigration Department says 170 asylum seekers are engaged in a peaceful protest and the situation's being monitored.

A spokesman has confirmed two instances of self harm and the detainees were treated at the centre for superficial injuries.