Gitmo Lawyers Applaud AMA’s Condemnation of Force Feeding
April 26, 2013, New York – In response to a letter today from the American Medical Association (AMA) to the Secretary of Defense regarding the ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vincent Warren stated the following:
In reaffirming its long-standing opposition to force feeding Guantanamo prisoners, the country’s most prominent medical association has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration’s wholly inadequate response to the hunger strike. The AMA’s condemnation comes on the heels of reports that the Department of Defense has ordered additional military doctors to report to Guantanamo to deal with the hunger strike—presumably to facilitate a practice that the AMA considers contrary to established medical ethical standards. The administration cannot force feed its way out of this growing medical emergency. The only true solution is to resume transfers of prisoners and close Guantanamo.
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