“Where is the world to save us from torture? Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness? Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?”
— Adnan Latif, Yemeni Guantanamo prisoner held for ten years without ever having been charged with a crime and cleared for release on four separate occasions, found dead in his cell on September 8, 2012.
Right now, the men detained at the U.S. prison in Guantánamo are engaged in a large-scale hunger strike, which began in early February. Two weeks ago guards used excessive force and rubber bullets on prisoners who resisted being forcibly moved from communal to individual cells. This was done in an attempt to stop the hunger strike. The hunger strike has now escalated and, as of April 30, lawyers for the prisoners say over 100 are now on a hunger strike, with about one-fifth of the prisoners being force fed.
The vast majority of the 166 men have been held for more than 11 years without any charge or fair trial, with no end to their detention in sight. The Obama administration must take immediate measures to address the causes of the hunger strike and fulfill its promise to close Guantánamo without further delay. And we demand an end to the illegal policy of indefinite detention.
Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and Witness Against Torture
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