by Kat and Max
Reportedly over 130 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have entered the 100th day of the hunger strike protesting their INFINITE detention. The US Government has denied and underplayed the hunger strike which began on February 6th, 2013, after cells were stripped and Qu’rans were searched following a fight with the guards.
“The 166 prisoners have been there eleven and a half years and 90% of them haven’t been charged with a crime,” according to rt.com. Approximately 86 prisoners have been cleared of any wrong doing and slated for release, but continue to held indefinitely without any pending charges because there is no politically viable agreement about where to or how to transport them out of Guantanamo.
Since Guantanamo has opened conditions have been in violation of the Third Geneva Convention and torture was admittedly practiced until 2006. There have been at least six suicides and over 41 attempts, although it is also possible that these deaths were a result of torture. Following the discovery of three bodies hanging, Saudi Arabia actually removed their detained citizens out of concern for their safety.
“Hunger strikers who have been force-fed describe it as the final humiliation. There are three stages to the pain, firstly there is the sensation of a tube being forced past their sinuses into their throat, which causes their eyes to water, then an intense burning and gagging sensation as it goes down the throat and finally when the tube enters the stomach there is a strong urge to vomit. When the tube has delivered the ‘food’, it triggers the most painful sensation of all: the return of hunger.”1
Currently three prisoners are in the hospital and 30 are currently being force fed with a feeding tubes, a violation of international law for political prisoners.