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Down the tubes: The 2013 Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Bay (Full Report )


July 10, 2013 - Guantánamo Bay detainees have been on hunger strike since February this year, in protest against their ongoing detention without charge or trial. Despite President Obama’s description of the prison as "a symbol around the world for an America that fl outs the rule of law," he has repeatedly failed to take the concrete stepsavailable to begin closing Guantánamo. Hunger strikes are a tool of last resort. They reveal the abject desperation of the majority of men in Guantánamo. At the time of publication, the Defense Department’s figures indicate that at least 106 detainees are on hunger strike. Forty-fi ve of them are being force-fed. This report exposes the hunger strike at Guantánamo from the inside, in the words ofthe men engaged in it. It collates unclassifi ed testimonies from strikers’ letters, calls, and
visits with lawyers about the situation at the prison today. The testimonies show the impact of the hunger-strike – some detainees have lost as
much as a quarter (Shaker Aamer) or even a third (Ahmed Rabbani) of their weight. Others report health problems including chest pain, low blood pressure, and problems with their sight. More worryingly, it fi nds evidence of heavy-handed tactics being used by the prison authorities in an attempt to break the strike...

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