UN: It's Illegal to Force-Feed Gitmo Hunger Strikers
High Commissioner of Human Rights says US breaking international convention
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 1, 2013 8:46 AM CDT
A detainee shields his face as he peers out through the so-called "bean hole" which is used to pass food and other items into cells, at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Dec. 4, 2006.   (AP Photo/Brennan Llinsley)

(Newser) – The US is breaking international law by force-feeding Guantanamo detainees to keep them alive as they hunger strike, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today. "If it’s perceived as torture or inhuman treatment—and it’s the case, it’s painful—then it is prohibited by international law," a spokesman for the commissioner tells the AFP.

About 100 of the prison's 166 detainees are striking, and of those 21 are being force-fed (you can read a stomach-turning description of that process here). The World Medical Association, a 102-nation watchdog that includes the US, declared in 1991 that force-feeding is "never ethically acceptable," unless the prisoner agrees, or is declared by a physician to be too impaired to make a rational choice.

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May 1, 2013 4:37 PM CDT
These pieces of crap are not going to join the rest of their friends in hell this easily.. make them pay
May 1, 2013 4:25 PM CDT
Give them a trail...FIND THEM GUILTY AND THEN shoot THEM ! Problem Solved !
May 1, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
The good old U.S.A... where we force-feed prisoners.... and snip the spinal cords of newborn babies.