The president of the US Barack Obama has spoke out in a new push to close down Guantanamo Bay Prison in light of the hunger strike that is going on there. He told that reporters had reported problems in the [...]
The president of the US Barack Obama has spoke out in a new push to close down Guantanamo Bay Prison in light of the hunger strike that is going on there.
He told that reporters had reported problems in the prison which did not surprise him.
Mr Obama said: ”It is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing, it lessens co-operation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts, it is a recruitment tool for extremists, it needs to be closed,”
He also brought up the point that the prison was no longer relevant or necessary saying the war in Iraq is over detention authority in Afghanistan transferred to Afghan forces.
The UN spokesman on human rights Rupert Colville Said: ”If it’s clearly against the will of the people who are being forcibly fed, then in a view of the World Medical Association and indeed our view, this would amount to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment which is not permissible under international law,”
He went on to add : ”I don’t want these individuals to die, obviously the Pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best we can.”
More Prisoner of Guantanamo military prisoners have joined in with the hunger strike that began in February taking 92 prisoners out of 166 refusing to eat food.
Out of the 92, 17 have been put on feeding tubes to keep them from suffering from further health risks how ever 2 prisoners have been put in hospital but it is heard that they do not have life threatening conditions.
David Remes, a lawyer for 15 prisoners said: ”At first, GTMO denied that there was a hunger strike. Since then, its count has risen from 0 to 92. Soon they’ll hit the mark despite themselves,”
A spokesperson has said: ”as soon as the detainees show a proper compliance with the rules, then we will move them back into communal.”
“It’s all up to the detainees,”
On Saturday when guards attempted to split up prisoners into single cells in an attempt to end the 66 day hunger strike.
Navy Captain Robert Durand said : “Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired,” Read more »
Cell mates of Guantanamo bay were given the privilege to join the millions of viewer to watch the Debate between Obama and Romney.
Prisoners who follow rules and do as they are told are given privileges which include a satellite television and radio.
There was no favourite between the prisoners as most of them were left disappointed to as the future of the detention camo was not mentioned as Obama had said in the past he planned to shut down the camp but he failed to keep his promise.