Three more detainees hospitalized as Gitmo hunger strike continues Chris Buell at 8:34 AM ET
[JURIST] Three more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been hospitalized as a hunger strike [JURIST report] at the prison facility stretched through its second month. Following the hospitalization, a total of 21 are now being fed intravenously to prevent them from dying of starvation. Sgt. Justin Behrens, a spokesman at Guantanamo, said all the striking detainees were in stable condition. The military views hunger strikes as a form of suicide, and it will take steps to prevent it. Accounts of the military and the detainees' attorneys as to the number of detainees participating in the hunger strike differed markedly, with the military saying 125 and attorneys for the detainees saying 210. Prisoners are reportedly protesting conditions at the facility and the military's failure to act on a promise to bring the facility into compliance with the Geneva Conventions. Earlier this month, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights released a report [PDF text] detailing the hunger strikes that have broken out at the prison since 2002. AP has more.
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