Manus Island protests: timeline
Map of the Manus Island detention centre, showing the different compounds. Illustration: Taylor Wallace/Guardian Australia
13 January
Protests begin
More than 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island go on hunger strike, protesting at their treatment in detention and the threat of being sent to live in the local community. The protest starts in Mike compound, with at least 50 men refusing food.
14 January
Detainees in Oscar, Foxtrot and Delta follow in refusing food and water, with more than 500 men now joining a mass hunger strike and at least two having stitched their lips together. Protesters refuse to return to their rooms, remaining at the wire fences of their compounds.

Running water becomes unavailable at the centre, with detainees and staff having to use bottled water to wash. Local security guards are on strike after going unpaid.

15 January
An asylum seeker collapses after reportedly swallowing razor blades in protest at his detention. The number of men on hunger strike continues to grow.
16 January
Hunger-striking asylum seekers on Manus Island collapse after three days without food and water, while others have reportedly swallowed detergent in protest.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton alleges detainees are being encouraged into "non-compliant behaviour" and to refuse food and water by refugee advocates and some staff on Manus. Detainees, refugee advocates and staff all deny this.

Riot police are filmed inside the detention centre, wearing body armour and carrying shields.

17 January
Protests continue, with International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) staff converting the staff mess hall into an overflow emergency medical centre.

More than 100 men from Mike compound, where the hunger strike started on Tuesday, are now under medical care, most from severe dehydration.

Two men who swallowed razor blades and four who drank detergent are also in medical care.

18 January
Four men are taken to the notorious “Chauka” solitary confinement unit. An urgent petition to the UN special rapporteurs on human rights, seen by Guardian Australia, is lodged overnight by refugee advocates. and describes multiple reports from staff and detainees saying the men were taken to Chauka. It urges the special rapporteurs to intervene and raise the matter with the Australian government.

More than 200 detainees are now allegedly receiving medical treatment after going on hunger strike, and there are reports security police have begun rounding people up in a bid to end the protest.

19 January
Asylum seekers in Delta compound barricade themselves behind the high wire fence out of fear that the mobile police – the Australian-funded squad at the centre of last year’s deadly riots – will be sent in to arrest protesters sometime on Monday.

Guards in riot gear enter Delta and Oscar compounds in the afternoon, attempting to end the week-long protest by force and taking away alleged ringleaders.

Some of the men have reportedly been taken to Chauka, the isolation unit.

20 January
Australia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, praises Papua New Guinean authorities for “professionally” moving to end the standoff at the Manus Island detention centre by taking away alleged ringleaders.

Dutton dismisses reports of authorities denying detainees food and water as “complete and utter nonsense” and “irresponsible”, but said some people might continue protests and attempt to harm themselves.

Despite the intervention, detainees continue the hunger strike with people collapsing and being carried to the front gates of compounds to be collected by medical staff.

21 January
The first two refugees are moved from detention on Manus Island to a purpose-built “refugee transit centre” near Lorengau as the hunger strike continues.

The two men moved have not been a part of the protests, and had previously expressed a desire to be released from detention into the community.

However, up to 50 other refugees, who were told they would be forcibly removed to Lorengau on Thursday, are still refusing to go with two more detainees swallowing razor blades.

Map source: Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee.