Video shows how Gitmo inmates are force-fed

Wed Jul 10, 2013 17:06:55

American artist Mos Def has subjected himself to force-feeding to highlight the violent treatment of Guantanamo bay inmates by prison authorities.

The video, made in conjunction with human rights group Reprieve and directed by Bafta award-winning film-maker Asif Kapadia and published by The Guardian, shows the former rapper visibly upset and pleading for the doctors to stop.

More than 130 of the 166 Guantanamo prisoners are on their fifth month of hunger strike, protesting their conditions.

The US government has stayed defiant on international calls to stop its illegal act of force-feeding and authorities even refused to temporarily cut the act during the holy month of Ramadan.

Observant Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan.

Lawyers for US President Barack Obama said US’s force-feeding of detainees via neogastric tube, which the United Nations has slammed as a violation of human rights, will be carried out "before dusk and after sunset in order to accommodate their religious practices".

Force-feeding is supposedly intended to prevent prisoners from starving to death.

However, human rights groups have condemned the practice as a form of torture.

Newly released images from the Guantanamo prison have shown that prisoners on hunger strike are strapped to a metal restraint chair and fed through the nose with plastic tubing.

According to human right activists, hunger strike is referred as the last desperate measure usually adopted by prisoners who witness violation of their rights and their official protests are blocked.



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