Force-feeding of prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, a blatant & brutal violation of human rights

Pacifist Claims Violations in U.S. Jail in Guantanamo

Prensa Latina | By Deisy Francis Mexidor

Havana, Jul 11 (Prensa Latina) The force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba, is a blatant and brutal violation of the basic human rights, pacifist Medea Benjamin said. In the military prison, established at the military base located in a portion of territory usurped to the Caribbean island against the will of its people and government, there are 166 suspected terrorists confined for more than one decade, 103 of them are fasting since February 6, and of that figure, 45 have been force fed.

Starting a hunger strike is not just a protest, it is an action of last resort, said Benjamin, a member of Code Pink organization, to answer the electronic questionnaire from Prensa Latina.

The activist said the action shows that the prisoners are willing to die for justice rather than face indefinite detention.

She stressed that the force-feeding survivors have suffered complications as a result of the aggressive way they provide nutrients (the fasters are tied to chairs twice a day and painful nasogastric catheters were placed to them until the stomach).

This type of feed is condemned by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the World Medical Association, and the American Medical Association, recalled the member of the pacifist group, emerged in November 2002.

She recalled that the current president campaigned (in 2008) with the closure of Guantanamo and, “since then, she has repeated on several occasions her desire to see the prison closed, but her actions have not honored his words.”

When Benjamin interrupted Obama during his speech on counterterrorism at the National Defense University on May 23, she ratified the president there are more than 100 “desperate men on a hunger strike” in Guantanamo.

The Guantanamo Base causes anti-American sentiment globally.

Benjamin criticized the fact that Obama did not use the power, vested by the Congress that would allow repatriating the detainees on an individual base if it was the interest of the national security.

Many activists in the United States “are doing hunger strikes and fasts in solidarity, organizing protests outside the White House, and pressing Obama’s special envoy to Guantanamo Cliff Sloan,” Benjamin said.

She stressed that some senators in the Congress have expressed support for the closure of the prison, however, in a general sense “the Democrats have remained relatively in silent.” The great support comes from pacifists and human right organizations, such as Witnesses Against Torture, Veterans for Peace and Code Pink, said.

sus/iff/dfm Modificado el ( jueves, 11 de julio de 2013 )

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