Guantanamo inmate challenges force-feeding practices by suing U.S. president
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Guantánamo Bay detention camp inmate Emad Hassan has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against U.S. President Barack Obama, named as chief defendant, regarding alleged U.S. military practices in prisoners during their .
Hassan is a Yemeni national who was captured in 2002 and has been in the military prison for almost 12 years without charge. He has been on a hunger strike since 2007, and is still held in Guantánamo Bay although approved for a 2009 release.
The techniques used to force feed prisoners on hunger strikes involve methods deemed illegal by a report of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The prisoners' allegations include their captors using water torture techniques and inserting large nose tubes to deliver food. Strapping down and feeding laxatives to detainees, while force-feeding, is also alleged.
The bid is the first of its kind to proceed and follows a decision by alast month allowing federal judges to rule on Guantánamo force-feeding cases.
The al-Jazeera: “The Department of Defense has responsibility for the health, welfare and humane treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, and I would refer you to them for further questions about the specifics of their policies and procedures”.is responsible for the welfare and security of inmates in the prison according to White House officials. Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden for the White House National Security Council told
President Obama has previously vowed to close Guantanamo Bay.
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- Michael C. Dorf. "Legal Limits on the Forced Feeding of Hunger-Striking Guantanamo Bay Detainees" — , May 8, 2013
- Commission on Human Rights. "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Civil and Political Rights: Situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay" — , February 15, 2006