‘Hunger strike is Gitmo detainees’ only recourse’

Hunger strike is the only recourse Guantanamo detainees have as they have been denied the right to due process and are detained without even being charged, says Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire in Detroit.

On March 19, the U.S. military admitted that the number of hunger strikers at the Guantanamo Bay prison had risen to 24. However, according to lawyers, over 100 Guantanamo Bay detainees are actually refusing food.

“People there [at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp] have been subjected to torture; they’ve been subjected to all types of humiliation for a number of years. And, as I mentioned before, there is no process under which they can demonstrate their innocence,” said Azikiwe in a phone interview with the U.S. Desk on Wednesday

“Guantanamo is not the only such camp that exists in the world. There are other secret detention facilities that exist in Central Asia, that exist in other parts of the world that are run and managed by the United States,” he added.

The notorious prison in eastern Cuba reportedly holds 166 men, most of whom have been imprisoned by the U.S. government for more than a decade without charges.

Despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to shut down the facility at the beginning of his first term, the facility remains open and there is no end in sight to the detainees’ captivity.

Guantanamo detainees appear to be in the second month of their hunger strike. Tensions in the prison started last month after new U.S. Army soldiers took over guard duties from a Navy force. Some prisoners complained of aggressive searches, which included confiscations of personal items and sacrilegious handling of the Qur’an.

Comment on Global Research Articles on our Facebook page

Become a Member of Global Research

Articles by: Abayomi Azikiwe

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible for any inaccurate or incorrect statement in this article. The Centre of Research on Globalization grants permission to cross-post Global Research articles on community internet sites as long the source and copyright are acknowledged together with a hyperlink to the original Global Research article. For publication of Global Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, contact: [email protected]

www.globalresearch.ca contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair use" you must request permission from the copyright owner.

For media inquiries: [email protected]