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ABUSE CRISIS: Guantanemo Prisoners Enter 2nd Month Of Hunger Strike

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posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 05:10 PM
87 prisoners in Cuba's Guantanemo Bay US detention Centre have entered their second month refusing food. Ten of those prisoners are being fed through a nose tube and are reported as being in a stable condition. The numbers of prisoners partaking in the hunger strike has risen from 76 a week ago up to a 92 prisoner maximum. The hunger strike started after prisoners demanded the US adhere to the Geneva Convention standards of prisoner treatment. Guantanemo Detention Centre has been rocked by allegations of prisoner abuses, beatings through to unfair trials. Lawyers for the Centre For Constitutional Rights say that 210 prisoners are taking part in the hunger strikes.
It maintained that lawyers have found that 210 prisoners were taking part in the strike.

It also says lawyers for prisoners who were on strike were blocked from meeting with their clients.

A federal court late last month ordered the Defence Department to grant attorneys for the firm of Sherman and Sterling access to its clients, it says.

Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be given the chance to prove in court that they have been mistakenly labelled as "enemy combatants" and have been unlawfully detained, their attorney said.

"Since day one, these people have been saying you've got the wrong guys. They want a fair hearing to show that," attorney Thomas Wilner told a US appeals court during more than two hours of arguments.

Justice Department lawyer Gregory Katsas repeated the Bush administration's position that the prisoners were not entitled to any constitutional due process rights, and he defended the military tribunals set up to review their cases.

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It seems that these prisoners feel that this is the only way to wake the world up to their plight. As said repeatedly before, if these people are in fact terrorists give them a fair trial so we all know what they did and I am quite sure my neighbours would accuse my children of being terrorists if they could get rid of them and pocket a 5000 dollar bonus at the same time.

One question though, I wonder if the ones being fed through nasal tubes were forced to do so. It would not look good if all the prisoners mass suicided.

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 10:02 PM
one question how is it abuse if THEIR NOT EATING on their own free will

in america we call that anerexia

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 08:35 PM

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The US military is tube-feeding more than a dozen detainees who are among about 90 terror suspects on hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, a spokesman said.

Some of the 89 striking detainees at Guantanamo have not eaten for a month, said Guantanamo detention mission spokesman Sgt. Justin Behrens. The others have refused at least nine consecutive meals, he said.

Fifteen have been hospitalised and 13 of those were being fed through tubes, Behrens said in a written response to questions from The Associated Press. Medics are monitoring all 89 and checking their vital signs daily, he added.

Previously, the military has said that 76 inmates were participating in the hunger strike.

British lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, who represents one of the hunger strikers - Briton Omar Deghayes, 36 - warned that some of the inmates were willing to starve themselves to death.

"People are desperate. They have been there three years. They were promised that the Geneva Conventions would be respected and various changes would happen and, unfortunately, the (US) government reneged on that," Stafford-Smith said.

posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 08:40 PM

Originally posted by Mayet
One question though, I wonder if the ones being fed through nasal tubes were forced to do so.

I can take that one: We see alot of eating disorder patients in the ICU and do quite a few transports. Why thier heart rate drops to about 30-40 cause of the lack of nutrients in thier bodies. Give them a can of ensure and it will pick up to 60 or more. If they refuse the unsure then we also have to go this route. Also in certain drug overdoses, the patients are either unwilling or too stuperous to drink the charcoal

Placing a feeding tube in a conscious patient esp someone over the age of say 4 is not a trivial exersize. It involves pinning the individual down if they chose to fight, snaking a tube into thier nose and down thier throat that is about half the nostril diameter. making sure its in the stomach and not the lungs then securing it. They are easy to rip out and hands need to be restrained. Patients can do imaginative things to remove them as well.

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