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August 20, 2013
15:08 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2013

Dozens still awaiting transfer as Guantanamo Bay hunger strike continues

  • 56 Yemeni nationals are still incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay after being cleared for transfer back home, thanks to a suspension of transfer to Yemen following the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253.
  • 86 detainees currently await transfer out of Guantanamo Bay in total, leaving just 80 detainees which the government believes deserve to remain incarcerated in the facility. The U.S. military blames the back-up on congressional bickering, though WashPo notes the department responsible for organizing transfers has been noticeably declining in quality for more than a year.
  • 100 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been taking part in a hunger strike which began in February, protesting the continued detention of dozens of those cleared for transfer as well as alleged mistreatment by guards and other prison personnel. 23 are now being force-fed, with doctors prescribing “enteral feeds” for any inmate that drops below 85 percent of their healthy body weight.  source
18:29 // 1 year ago
April 17, 2012

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners vow mass hunger strike

  • 2,300 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons have pledged not to eat for one day to mark Prisoners’ Day
  • 1,200 more Palestinian prisoners plan to go a step further, pledging an open-ended hunger strike source

» One guy showed them how to do it: Soon to be released from prison is Khader Adnan, who underwent a 67-day hunger strike earlier this year which ended in February. Adnan ended his hunger strike as part of a deal with Israel which led to his freedom.

10:13 // 2 years ago
September 29, 2011

California inmates hunger strike en masse … for the second time

  • first Roughly 6,600 prisoners went on a hunger strike in California, protesting the rough conditions due to lack of human contact. Officials said they would review their procedures.
  • then Officials reviewed their procedures, and decided, well, maybe there’s something to this whole prisoner-treatment thing, and said they would make changes.
  • now They haven’t done enough: Roughly 4,200 inmates haven’t eaten since Monday, despite the threat of punishment for inmates on hunger strikes. source

» Treating “gang members” differently: Many of the concerns the prisoners have with their treatment revolve around the fact that they were put into fairly extreme prison cells, designed to limit human contact, due to their perceived affiliation with gangs. One of the ways they can get out involves a process called “debriefing,” where the prisoner renounces his gang affiliation and discloses information about possible members — which has the effect of putting the prisoner directly in danger. Activists consider this damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t approach to handling prisoners akin to torture. “These are inhumane conditions designed to extract information from someone,” noted Carol Strickman of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, an activist group.

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22:46 // 3 years ago
August 28, 2011
11:34 // 3 years ago