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‘Is it necessary to torture me?’ Gitmo prisoner demands 'civilized' force-feeding

Published time: June 04, 2014 07:08
Edited time: June 04, 2014 09:02
AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

A Syrian national imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay detention facility petitioned to stop his excruciating force-feeding, and demanded “civilized” forced ingestion after a “really evil” new team of guards roughly stuck tubes into his nose.

Protests against indefinite detention of Guantanamo inmates.

US President Barack Obama has failed to deliver his promises to close down prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for two consecutive terms. Consequently, protests against torture practices in the detention facility continue.

Inside Guantanamo many remaining prisoners continue hunger strikes after spending over a decade behind bars without a trial.

One prisoner, Syrian national Abu Wa'el Dhiab, has petitioned a US District Court in Washington through his lawyer, attorney Jon Eisenberg, demanding “civilized” force-feeding, reports Reuters.

“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?” the prisoner asked his lawyer during a phone talk on June 1, as quoted by Eisenberg.

“I am willing to be force-fed in a humane manner,” the attorney quoted his client, insisting that the chosen method of forced enteral feeding is “illegal and abusive.”

An unidentified prisoner reads a newspaper in a communal cellblock at Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, March 5, 2013. (Reuters/Bob Strong)

Back in May US District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered that her previous temporary restraining order to stop forcibly feeding Syrian Abu Wa’el Dhiab will not be reissued, due to the prisoner's physical condition “swiftly deteriorating” due to a hunger strike.

Dhiab told his lawyer that he’s now being fed by a new team of guards, who are “really evil,” as they pull prisoners out of their cells, restrain them and push feeding tubes up their nostrils.

During the procedures of artificial feeding on May 29 and May 30, he was “harshly choked,” maintained Dhiab, reporting of nosebleeds and pain in his kidneys because of the force-feeding.

“I thought they would choke me to death because they were handling me so roughly,” Dhiab was quoted in the petition.

Dhiab believes that “unless there is a very firm and clear order from the judge” there will be no change and force-feeding procedures would remain inhumane.

So far months of hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison have brought prisoners no gains but for the right to challenge the force-feeding practices in the in US courts that was allowed back in February.

In May, for the first time since Guantanamo Bay prison opening 12 years ago, a federal court intervened in proceedings at the Guantanamo detention facility, ordering the US to supply videos showing the force-feeding of a Syrian hunger-striker.

Comments (7)


Hughe G Lee Hung 05.06.2014 02:10

Robin Morritt 04.06.2014 14:03

That's unfair. We do protest, but at the same time we have to live, work and support ourselves and our families in the climate in which we have to exist.


I think many people can relate to the "evils" of the pursuit of practicalities. However, we all know when tyranny is allowed to flourish........... and then they came for me!!!

All of humanity needs the support of all the humanity regardless of race/nationality/rel igion club memberships. But the devil deceives us and we fall in line, afraid for our survival, the price is too high and the quality worsening.


Robin Morritt 04.06.2014 14:03

Matt Janovic 04.06.2014 10:55

The Americans, the French, the Brits, are too busy with video games, watching po n or having their hair done, to think about war and torture.


That's unfair. We do protest, but at the same time we have to live, work and support ourselves and our families in the climate in which we have to exist.

Plea se don't underestimate how the politicisation of the police and the surveillance state undermines the accountability of government to the will of the people.

The second part of your comment is a fair complaint.


not duped 04.06.2014 13:41

Megadeth - your name is perfect. It reflects the mind of many amerikans transformed by the powerful media machine.

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