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Nauru Asylum Seekers Allegedly Sew Lips In Protest
Hunger strike at detention center sees increasing desperation

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 20, 2013) – Refugee advocates say four detainees at the Nauru detention center have resorted to stitching their lips together in protest.

The Refugee Action Coalition says more than a dozen detainees have joined a hunger strike, with four asylum seekers stitching their lips together.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesperson Nick Reimer says people are feeling increasingly desperate about their plight.

"They're protesting against their treatment... they're protesting against the fact they're on Nauru at all while other asylum seekers who arrived around the same time are free in the Australian community," he told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat.

"And the fact they're facing an indefinite amount of time on Nauru without any certainty about what their eventual fate will be."

Australia's Department of Immigration has confirmed the incident, but says it is not appropriate to disclose any more details.

The four men involved are believed to be recent arrivals to the island from Iran.

The incident comes after Monday's escape from the centre by three detainees, who were later found by police and returned to the facility.

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