Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes

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Guantanamo Bay: Hunger Strikes Zach Salton 5/3/14 Politics 105W: Dissent What factors resulted in the failure of the Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes? Guantanamo Bay is a United States military prison established in January 2002. The prison is located on the fronts of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. This issue is vitally important because there are many human rights violations still present in the detention camp today, namely the medical practice of force-feeding. This practice is in response to the 2005 and 2013 hunger strikes in which prisoners refused to eat in order to have their perceived injustices addressed. The use of force-feeding has been deemed unethical, cruel and inhumane by both The World Medical Association and American Medical Association. Despite this, there is a continuation of this barbaric practice on unconvicted detainees by military physicians. These hunger strikes failed to create political change because they lacked international pressure, powerful NGO’s, and domestic support due to an altered public perception. The Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strikes began during the m...

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