Demonstration of Force Feeding in Guantánamo Bay

How on Earth does this not constitute torture? And how on Earth is this legal?!? What is Pres. Obama thinking? And how does he explain this to his children?

From The Guardian’s page on YouTube:

As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed.

In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure.

From The Daily Beast:

Anyone who has had a nasogastric tube placed through their throat while awake knows why hospitalized patients often complain about the tube more than they complain about the pain of surgery.

The gagging can be extreme even when patients are relaxed and cooperating by swallowing repeatedly during the procedure. Resisting the tube during its insertion, as the unwilling detainees at Guantanamo do, elicits an exacerbated rapid cycle of gasping for air and gagging or vomiting.

Why is the U.S. government initiating this new round of forced gagging? It may be simply to save itself from the potential embarrassment if a majority of detainees die on a principled hunger strike.

From The Guardian:

“We believe it’s wrong to force feed at any time but it is particularly upsetting to do it through Ramadan,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman of the largest US Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“It’s not just a religious issue, it’s also a human rights issue in violation of international norms and medical ethics.”

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8 thoughts on “Demonstration of Force Feeding in Guantánamo Bay

  1. Tanya. Thank you for posting this update about the continued injustice and crimes against humanity at Guantanamo Bay. I didn’t watch the video, because the still image showed me enough.

    I once saw a documentary about the street children of Rio de Janiero (sp) who would be hunted and murdered by death squads, and one older man who was interviewed about it said “don’t ever say – oh that is so terrible – I didn’t know about it . . . it is our responsibility to know, and to tell.”

    Thank you for telling to help the rest of us know!

    • Thank you for caring! Not only do we have to know what’s going on, but also care so that we can demand something be done about it.
      I’m so glad that we have a community, even if it’s small, here on WordPress that cares about this stuff.

      That quote is very powerful!

    • Hi Jerry,
      Here’s a really good explanation for the hunger strike from TheDailyBeast.com:

      “Guantanamo detainees have resorted to desperate measures to call attention to what they and many others view as human rights violations, including the disintegration of due process. A classified memo released in 2011 indicates that military officials were then aware that up to two-thirds of inmates were, at best, “low level” threats and that nearly 20 percent were believed to be “innocent.” Nevertheless, 166 prisoners continue to be held–at least 106 of whom have participated in the hunger-strike, being force-fed in what has been described as a medical ethics-free zone.”

      Due process refers to the ability to meet with your lawyer and have a court trial in which you are formally charged with a crime. Without due process, a person can sit in prison for years before a trial even starts. The hunger strike is the prisoners’ way of protesting, though I’ve also heard that some of the prisoners hope they die so that their suffering can end. I’m not sure if that part is true, though. I hope they aren’t trying to commit suicide.

  2. Tanya,
    I was hoping to obtain the names of human rights organizations who would have 100% reliable information regarding situations like Guantanamo. I have heard of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Perhaps you or your readers could point out if these are THE most reliable sources of information or if there are other such organizations which provide totally honest information regarding the injustices taking place on the Earth. I want to start exposing any and all cases of wrongs being perpetrated on men and women around the world and need a totally reliable source of information that describes these situations.
    Thank you,
    Jerry

    • CAIR.com would probably be the best place to get info on the Guantanamo Bay situation, since they are the Muslim advocacy group working to help them. Also, The Guardian (a British paper, see link above) is a very highly respected paper. They, and the Washington Post, were the only papers that broke the NSA spying story.

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