Detainee lawyer notes detail 'brutal treatment' at Guantanamo

[JURIST] The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] said Wednesday that declassified notes, taken by a lawyer during interviews with inmate clients participating in the ongoing hunger strike [JURIST report], describe "brutal treatment" of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military camp in Cuba. The notes, written by Julia Tarver, detail allegations of force-feeding without anesthesia or sedatives via tubes inserted into the stomach through the nose. The striking detainees also alleged that the tubes were re-used and conditions were unsanitary. The CCR claims that over 200 inmates have participated in the hunger strike [CCR report, PDF] since it began in August; the Pentagon says that there are 24 detainees currently on hunger strike. Responding to the hunger strike, lawyers have petitioned [JURIST report; press release] a US District Court in Washington, DC to end the alleged mistreatment and to allow them to make more frequent visits with their clients. From Melbourne, the Herald Sun has more.

 

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