The indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Nauru is ''an egregious breach of international human rights law'', says the Gillard government's hand-picked human rights commissioner, Gillian Triggs.
Professor Triggs, who was appointed human rights commissioner in June, said that she would seek an urgent meeting with Immigration Minister Chris Bowen about Nauru when she returned from a human rights conference in Jordan.
This year 5501 Sri Lankan asylum seekers have reached Australia, the highest annual number on record and a 26-fold increase over last year.
Meanwhile, the hunger strike on Nauru dragged into its sixth day.
More than 300 people including Sri Lankans were taking part in the protest with most spending their days lying around ''and feeling the sickness''.