GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – Gitmo is the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay where, as many as 100 prisoners have been on hunger strikes since April. To prevent their deaths, the U.S. force feeds about 30 of the detainees. To force feed, doctors stick a tube up their nose, then down the throat into the stomach. Four prisoners are suing to stop the force feedings claiming it’s “inhumane and violates medical ethics.”
Then there’s Ramadan.
Ramadan is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is a holy period where Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Detainees claim, force feeding during Ramadan will violate their religious freedom, guaranteed by the Geneva Convention.
But wait, there’s more.
Prisoners are also challenging the use of Reglan, a drug used to treat nausea and prevent vomiting. Their motion alleges long term use could cause neurological effects.
The Justice Department hasn’t officially responded, but hints it’ll fight the lawsuit.
This isn’t the first Gitmo lawsuit and unless it’s closed down, it likely won’t be the last.