As the hunger strike of detainees at the U-S-run Guantanamo Bay prison reaches it’s a-hundred-and-first day, rights activists are raising awareness about the inmates’ rapidly-deteriorating health conditions. The U-S government’s response to the strike has been to force-feed the prisoners through two-foot tubes that run from their nostrils to their stomachs. The inhumane practice is causing a major concern for many.
Captain Jason Wright is representing two Gitmo detainees, one of whom has been held indefinitely for over 11 years without charge and has lost around 50 pounds since beginning the hunger strike more than 100 days ago.
The infamous prison is still open because the average American public sees the detainees there as terrorists. But according to former Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions, Colonel Morris Davis, a new trend is beginning to form. A recent petition launched by Davis has garnered over two-hundred-thousand signatures.
Diane Wilson is one such American who says the US government is committing egregious human rights violations in her name. Wilson has been on a hunger strike for 17 days now in solidarity with Gitmo detainees.
Each detainee costs US taxpayers around $nine-hundred-thousand dollars per year. Over half of the prison’s population has been cleared by the government for release.
Protests in solidarity with Gimo hunger strikers have been and will continue to take place. Activists are trying to build momentum in raising awareness of the American public about the worsening health conditions of the prisoners there. They hope it will increase political pressure on U-S President Barack Obama to honor his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
As the Guantanamo hunger strike enters day 100, the inmates’ lawyers have revealed details of abuses their clients are subject to, while the prison authorities keep denying they are resorting to practices violating human rights.
A fair trial would have been a natural step. To have all of the parties heard and resolve the crisis, believes Clive Stafford Smith, founder of legal group Reprieve, and an attorney for several detainees in the Guantánamo Bay camp.
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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.
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.