Hunger striking Manus refugee force fed

11:15 pm on 26 January 2018

A Manus Island refugee on a hunger strike is being restrained and force fed at a hospital in Port Moresby.

Detained by Australia in Papua New Guinea, the man from Iran has refused food for 20 days in protest over inadequate healthcare.

A diabetic with high blood pressure, the man said he spent a year in Australia receiving treatment before being returned to Manus.

The refugee said the care he needed could not be provided by the PNG hospital, which he said won a court order to force feed and medicate him.

He said he had been restrained for three days and had been slapped by hospital staff during feeding sessions.

The man said he was throwing up the food.

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