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Protesters urge US president to shut Gitmo down

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It’s day number 90 for a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay Prison.

According to the U-S military, at least 100 detainees there, are refusing to eat and are being kept alive through nasogastric intubation: in other words “force-feeding through a nose tube.”

Diane Wilson is an activist who’s highlighting the increasingly dire situation for the 166 detainees at America’s infamous prison in Cuba nicknamed “Gitmo.” She’s on day 5 of her hunger strike that she’s doing in solidarity with the dozens of prisoners there. She’s on a diet of salt water and potassium.

Members of activist groups have been hunger striking on rotation in 24 hour periods. And an online movement has been growing with thousands pledging support each week.

Groups such as CODEPINK and Witness Against Torture have been holding protests and vigils at the White House on a constant basis. They say their activism is being recognized by the Congress and the White House and that the Obama administration is feeling the pressure.

Leaders of the activist groups say they are experiencing a jump in interest from people who are still learning about the health crisis of detainees at Gitmo.

But the dozens of prisoners incarcerated without adjudication aren’t only restricted to Guantanamo. Ali Elghannam stood alongside with protesters to appeal for the release of his brother, an Egyptian national locked inside a Swiss prison without trial since 2007. He was arrested under the guise of the “war on terror” like the men at Gitmo.

US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay prison but has so far been unsuccessful from his first term attempts. Activists say they will continue to keep the pressure on the president until he keeps his promise. Colin Campbell, Press TV, Washington.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/06/302030/protesters-urge-us-president-to-shut-gitmo-down/

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Indefinite detentions at Guantanamo must stop – ex-US ambassador to Mexico

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Guantanamo prisoners are presumed guilty even though the US cannot prove it, ex-congressman James Jones told RT, pressing for an end of the indefinite detentions in the notorious jail gripped by a hunger strike.

Guantanamo, America’s infamous prison camp at the US naval base in Cuba, has been under new media scrutiny since February as the hunger strike within the detention facility has been spreading. While the officials have admitted that one hundred of the 166 detainees have joined the action, their lawyers talk of at least 130 of those being involved.

What started as a protest against heavy-handed searches, has grown into an action against indefinite detentions. Over half of detainees have been cleared for release but cannot leave due to various administrative obstacles and fear to die in the prison.

The weakened state of the inmates has already led to the authorities force-feeding them through nasal tubes — a practice which was condemned by the UN’s human rights office as a form of torture.

The co-chair of the Task Force constitution project, former member of the Congress and ambassador to Mexico, James Jones, sat with RT to discuss the Guantanamo issue. He believes indefinite detentions should be stopped and that in the prison the US acts against own declared principles of justice.

http://rt.com/op-edge/indefinite-detentions-guantanamo-ambassador-825/