A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

Guantanamo hunger strikers down to 18 from 89: US officials

[JURIST] The number of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees on hunger strike decreased from 89 to 18 over the weekend, US military officials said Sunday. The number of detainees on hunger strike suddenly jumped from three to 75 [JURIST report] early last week, with an additional 14 [JURIST report] joining the hunger strike late in the week. Detainees appear to have begun eating again right after the number peaked late last week. Guards at Guantanamo continue to force-feed four of the 18 strikers.

The wave of hunger strikes began last summer [JURIST report] and ballooned up to 131 [JURIST report] strikers by September, but the number was significantly lowered after guards enforced aggressive force-feeding measures [JURIST report]. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand says the striking detainees are trying to pressure the US into releasing them, a move which Durand states is in line with al Qaeda tactics, while human rights group Amnesty International USA [advocacy website] believes the strikes are an appeal for justice [press release] because the detainees have been held for years at Guantanamo without charge. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.