[Ppnews] Don't Forget the Prisoners in Guantanamo and Those in Solidarity with Them

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Fri Sep 13 11:45:59 EDT 2013


*September 12, 2013*

*Don't Forget the Prisoners in Guantanamo and Those in Solidarity with Them*

/By Ann Wright
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Don-t-Forget-the-Prisoners-by-Ann-Wright-Activists_Guantanamo-Prison_Prisoners_Solidarity-130912-236.html
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Solidarity actions for the prisoners have taken place around the world 
citing indefinite detention without trial, no release for years after 
prisoners are cleared for release and painful forced nasal-gastric 
feeding tubes shoved up the nose of prisoners on long-term hunger 
strikers and dangerously pushed down into their stomachs.

While Syria dominates the news now, let's not forget about the prisoners 
in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Prison. Two prisoners were 
released 
<http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/29/3593270_p2/us-sends-two-algerians-prisoners.html#storylink=cpy> 
from the military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, without fanfare on August 
28, the first releases since the Obama administration freed two Muslims 
of Uighur ethnicity and sent them to live in El Salvador on April 2012. 
On Sept 29, 2012, Canadian Omar Khadr was sent to his home nation of 
Canada to complete a seven-year prison sentence after his conviction by 
the military commission of while as a 15 year old, shooting at American 
soldiers as they attacked the compound of family members in Afghanistan.

On August 28, Nabil Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, both Algerian 
citizens, were released from Guantanamo and transported to Algeria.  
Hadjarab, now 34, was captured in Afghanistan on suspicion of being a 
low-level al-Qaida fighter. He was sent to Guantanamo in February 2002. 
He had been eligible for release since 2006 and took part in hunger 
strikes at Guantanamo because of his continued imprisonment.

Sayyab, now 37, who had worked as a chef in France and Syria, was 
arrested in Pakistan as a part of the U.S. bounty program in which 
hundreds of foreigners were sold to the U.S. after the U.S. invasion of 
Afghanistan. Sayyab also was cleared for release years earlier but, due 
to congressional restrictions on transfers, had to remain at Guantanamo. 
Sayyab also had joined in hunger strikes at the prison to call attention 
to the prisoners' indefinite detention.

There are 164 prisoners 
<http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/gitmo_chart/> who 
still remain at Guantanamo; 84 have been cleared for release but still 
remain locked up.

September 5, 2013, marked day 209 of the hunger strike by prisoners at 
Guantanamo. 34 prisoners continue on the hunger strike and 31 are being 
force-fed through tubes in the nose to the stomach. Two months ago, 106 
prisoners were on a hunger strike, 46 were being force fed and 3 
prisoners were hospitalized.
*Solidarity Actions*
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Solidarity actions for the prisoners have taken place around the world 
citing indefinite detention without trial, no release for years after 
prisoners are cleared for release and painful forced nasal-gastric 
feeding tubes shoved up the nose of prisoners on long-term hunger 
strikers and dangerously pushed down into their stomachs.
Weekly vigils take place around the United States. In Washington, DC, 
each Friday /Witness Against Torture/ holds a vigil in front of the 
White House.
On June 26, a large national mobilization at the White House ended with 
21 people arrested for refusing to move from in front of the President's 
residence. One protester, Diane Wilson, climbed the White House fence 
and attempted to sit on the fence, but fell into the White House grounds.

Wilson had been on a water-only hunger strike for 58 days. She was 
arrested and tried on September 6 for unlawful entry. She was found 
guilty of unlawful entry on September 6 and sentenced to 90 days in 
jail, but the sentence was suspended.

Several other international activists have been on long term solidarity 
hunger strikes.  Cynthia Papermeister of Berkeley, California ended her 
82-day, 300-calorie-per-day liquid hunger strike, on September 6 with 
the release of the Algerian prisoners.  Elliot Adams of Sharon, New 
York, was on a 300-calorie hunger fast for 80 days from May 18 to August 
4, 2013.

Tarak Kauff of Woodstock, New York, was on a 300-calorie hunger fast for 
58 days from June 7 through August 4, 2013.  Brian Willson of Portland, 
Oregon, suspended his hunger strike on June 10 after 31 days on a 
300-calorie-per-day strike due to being accidentally hit by a car.

*Activist undergoes Nasal-Gastric tube Feeding in Solidarity with 
Guantanamo Hunger Strikers*
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On September 6, Andres Conteris, who has been on a water-only hunger 
strike for 60 days, was voluntarily force fed with a nasal-gastric tube 
in front of the White House 
<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/09/07/322491/gitmo-activist-force-fed-at-white-house/> 
to demonstrate the painfulness of what 32 prisoners at Guantanamo are 
subjected to on a daily basis by US military medical personnel. Conteris 
said the forced feeding was "excruciatingly painful."  He said that he 
could not imagine how the Guantanamo prisoners who have been force fed 
for months can possibly stand the procedures as their nostrils and 
throats are swollen from constant pushing of the tubes down through the 
nose, throat and stomach.

Hundreds of others throughout the world are on shorter solidarity hunger 
strikes.

*Submitters Bio:*

Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a 
Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in 
opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, 
Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. 
In December, 2001 she was on the small team that reopened the US Embassy 
in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is the co-author of the book "Dissent: Voices 
of Conscience." (www.voicesofconscience.com 
<http://www.voicesofconscience.com>). She has written frequently on rape 
in the military.
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