September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Kyle Webster
Since the military prison at Guantanamo Bay was first opened in January 2002, hunger strikes have been a frequent device used by the detainees to protest the conditions of the detention center and their general detainment. In 2005, one of many detainee hunger strikes produced a litigation battle ...[read more]
June 7, 2014
by G. Redd
United Nations Secretary General Ban Kim Moon on Friday urged Israel to release Palestinian administrative detainees over fears of failing health in a hunger strike. Some sources estimate that over 290 Palestinians detained in Israel are on hunger strike, with about 70 requiring medical treatment ...[read more]
September 24, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay said Monday that they would no longer issue daily updates on detainee hunger strikes. This announcement effectively declared the end of the unprecedentedly broad, six-month long, prisoner protest. There are now 164 prisoners in Guantanamo, and as many as 106 ...[read more]
August 24, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Friday urged the US government to ban the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement. In several California prisons, hunger strikes began on July 8, with more than 30,000 inmates refusing food to protest the allegedly cruel ...[read more]
October 21, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On October 21, 2010, the European Parliament awarded Cuban activist Guillermo Farinas the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for his efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Farinas participated in multiple hunger strikes in support of political prisoners and to protest ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Friday called on Israel to release two Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for several weeks. Falk reported that Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi, who have been on hunger strikes for 82 and 58 days ...[read more]
November 23, 2010
by Julia Zebley
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday expressed her concern over Iran's crackdown on human rights defenders. Pillay expressed particular concern for Nasrin Sotoudeh, the human rights lawyer who has been conducting hunger strikes since her imprisonment in September for ...[read more]
October 22, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
The European Parliament on Thursday named Cuban activist Guillermo Farinas as the recipient of its 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Farinas has undergone multiple hunger strikes in support of political prisoners and to protest conditions in Cuba, and was the publisher of the now- ...[read more]
August 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian filed suit Wednesday against the three judges hearing his corruption case, accusing them of illegally prolonging his detention. Chen, who was indicted in December, faces possible life in prison on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and ...[read more]

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