MOSCOW, January 14 (Sputnik) — Over 500 undocumented immigrants in the Australian Manus Island detention center went on a hunger strike calling on the authorities to consider their claims for refugee status in Australia, the Guardian reported Wednesday.
The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, used for detaining undocumented immigrants, is located in Papua New Guinea (PNG), but is operated by a private company on behalf of the Australian government.
Poor living conditions is one more reason for the strike. Water pumps in the center are out of order which means the detainees have no access to shower facilities and no way of washing their clothes or flushing toilets. Restoring the water supply could take several weeks, according to the Guardian.
A previous strike in Manus Island detention center dissolved into riots in February 2014. The riot resulted in the death of one man, who was allegedly attacked by a local warden, a further 70 people received injuries.
Over 20,000 asylum seekers arrived to Australia by boat in 2013, according to the Refugee Council of Australia. Most of the asylum seekers originating from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka traveled to Australia via Indonesia.