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Calif. Judge Orders Force-Feeding of ISIS Suspect

He insists he's not on hunger strike

(Newser) - An alleged ISIS supporter in California whose weight has plummeted from 140 to 110 pounds since his arrest in May will be force-fed if he doesn't stop starving himself, a federal judge ruled on Monday. US District Judge David O. Carter said he was "deeply concerned" by the... More »

Anguished Judge Lets Gitmo Resume Forced Feedings

Gladys Kessler criticizes Pentagon but says she has no choice

(Newser) - A federal judge today allowed the US military to resume force-feeding a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, but Gladys Kessler made clear she is not happy about it, reports the McClatchy News Service . Kessler criticized the Pentagon for refusing to budge over how it administers the force-feeding and urged authorities to... More »

Secret Tapes of Gitmo Force-Feedings Do Exist

Well, at least tapes of one detainee being force-fed

(Newser) - In an unprecedented ruling, non-government officials have been given the go-ahead to view secret recordings that depict force-feedings at Guantanamo Bay—a ruling that by its nature establishes the fact that these tapes actually do exist, reports the Guardian . A federal judge yesterday ruled that lawyers for Abu Wa’el... More »

Judge: OK to Force-Feed Calif. Inmates

Backs officials' request as 129 remain on hunger strike

(Newser) - As a prison hunger strike continues in California, a federal judge has given officials the go-ahead to force-feed inmates. The procedure is allowed if a prison's medical chief finds that an inmate is "at risk of near-term death or great bodily injury" or can't make his or... More »

Gitmo Hunger Strikers Have Eaten: Officials

But that doesn't mean the strike is over: Lawyers

(Newser) - The Guantanamo hunger strike may be coming to an end, with 99 of the 102 hunger strikers reportedly eating on Friday, according to military officials, the Washington Post reports. But were they really ending their strike or just pausing for Ramadan? Gitmo spokesman Captain Robert Durand says most of the... More »

Mos Def Attempts Force-Feeding in Gitmo Protest

He's unable to complete the process

(Newser) - As force-feeding of 44 detainees continues at Guantanamo, Islamic leaders are calling on the US to halt the process during Ramadan, which begins today. (The prison has said it will perform the force-feeding at night during the holy month.) To underscore the point, actor and rapper Yasiin Bey, also... More »

For Ramadan, Gitmo to Force-Feed at Night

So hunger-strikers don't break daytime fasting rules

(Newser) - The latest legal challenge bought by Gitmo detainees trying to end their force-feedings brings to light a strange detail as spotted by Atlantic Wire : Later this week, the government plans to start force-feeding the prisoners at night so the detainees comply with the daytime fasting required of them during the... More »

Guide to Gitmo Force-Feeding: Shackle, Mask Detainees

Al Jazeera obtains 30-page guidelines

(Newser) - The US process for force-feeding hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees has come to light in a new al Jazeera report. The news network obtained the guidelines for the process, which sees detainees held in a restraint chair for up to two hours. A guard "shackles detainee and a mask is placed... More »

UK Court: Anorexic Woman Should Be Force-Fed

Judge says it's in best interests of woman, who is near death

(Newser) - A 32-year-old suffering from extreme anorexia was ordered yesterday by a British court to be force-fed in order to save her life, reports the Guardian . Several people who know the woman asked that she be left to die a "dignified death," but the judge ruled that she lacked... More »

Jail Force-Feeds Ailing Sect Leader Jeffs

'Death could be imminent' without medical intervention

(Newser) - Warren Jeffs began eating of his own accord again today, after being force-fed all weekend by medical staff at the Arizona jail where the polygamist leader is being held, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. A series of self-imposed fasts have left Jeffs, 53, in such poor health that “... More »

Mauritanian Girls Force-Fed for Marriage

'Torture' returns as ideal of large women makes a comeback

(Newser) - A military coup in Mauritania has erased years of advances in women's rights, bringing a resurgence of the practice of force-fattening young girls to prepare them for marriage, the Guardian reports. "A woman's size indicates the amount of space she occupies in her husband's heart," explains an activist,... More »

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