This Is What It Looks Like When You Force-Feed A GITMO Hunger Striker

07/08/2013 12:03 pm ET | Updated Jul 09, 2013

Very simply then: There are currently over 100 inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are carrying out a hunger strike. On July 5, the Guardian reported that approximately 45 of those on strike are "being fed enterally" -- or, to use the lay term, are being force-fed. The human rights organization Reprieve has staged one of those force-feedings, with the help of rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), following the standard operating procedure outlined in leaked instructions. The session was filmed and published by the Guardian.

It is extraordinarily harrowing to watch.




Guantanamo prisoners have filed a motion asking for the practice to be stopped, arguing it's torture, the Washington Post reported. Force-feeding is considered a violation of medical ethics by World Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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