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Hunger strike

Hunger strike

Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum seekers have gone on a hunger strike at a detention center in Malaysia, a month after authorities forced them off a leaking boat, officials said yesterday.
Sixty-one people have refused to eat since Tuesday and plan to continue their hunger strike until they are recognized as refugees and get access to international rights groups, said Nalini Elumalai, a representative of Malaysian human rights group Suaram.
Malaysian authorities detained 75 ethnic Tamils last month from a fishing trawler, which police say was supposed to smuggle them into Australia. They have since been held at a detention center near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:18 GMT+08:00