Gitmo Detainee Petitions Court for 'Civilized' Force-Feedings

Gitmo Detainee Petitions Court for 'Civilized' Force-Feedings

On June 3 a Syrian detainee at Guantanamo Bay petitioned a court in Washington, D.C., for “civilized” force-feedings.

He argued that his current force-feedings “amounted to torture and asked a judge to order his jailers” to provide them in a “civilized” manner.

According to Reuters, detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab spoke through his attorney: “I am willing to be force-fed in a humane manner. Is it necessary for them to torture me? Is it necessary for them to choke me every day with the tube? Is it necessary for them to make my throat so swollen every day? Do I have to suffer every day?”

Last month U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled “the U.S. Military could resume force-feeding Dhiab as his physical condition was rapidly deteriorating” due to hunger strikes.

According to Reuters, “Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay naval base have engaged in hunger strikes for years, but only won the right to challenge in U.S. courts the military’s practices of forcing them to eat in February.”

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