Iranian hunger strikers agree to eat

12th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Five Iranian asylum seekers who face deportation from the Netherlands have started eating food after 43 days on hunger strike.

12 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Five Iranian asylum seekers who face deportation from the Netherlands have started eating food after 43 days on hunger strike.

A doctor monitoring their condition said on Friday the men are taking light foods such as soup and vla custard to prevent long-term damage to their bodies.

Doctors generally consider that a person's body begins to suffer permanent problems after being deprived of food for 40 days.

The doctor who is employed by a medical centre stressed four of the men have not formally ended their hunger strike. The fifth has as there is still a chance a review of his case will result in the granting of a residence permit.

The rest of the group will stop eating again if they consider it necessary. "They have taken a pause for reflection but want to keep the pressure on the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, " the doctor said.

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has said she will not feel responsible if any of the men dies. Going on hunger strike was their own decision and refusing food was not a good tactic, she added.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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