[Last update: 12 March 2006]

Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp

The United States has been holding prisoners from its Global War on Terror at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba without accepting them as prisoners of war or acknowledging that the Geneva Conventions apply to them.

The treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has been harshly criticized in a UN report and in statements by prisoners who have been released.

Numerous prisoners have gone on hunger strike [Ref. 1, Ref. 2] with the US resorting to force feeding in violation of Guidelines for Medical Doctors concerning Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in relation to Detention and Imprisonment

One writer has compared the hunger strikers at Guantanamo with the hunger strikers in Northern Ireland 25 years ago.

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