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  • Friday, March 10, 2006

    US told by doctors to stop barbaric force feeding

    This report, from today's Independent takes a look at doctors, from around the world demanding that the US halt its barbaric practice of strapping its captives to "restraint chairs" and forcing tubes, some too large, up people's noses

    Doctors from seven countries, including the best-selling author Oliver Sacks, call for disciplinary action against their US counterparts who force-feed detainees. About 80 prisoners are understood to be refusing food, including a UK resident, Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national who is married to a British woman and has four children.

    Since August they have been routinely force-fed, an excruciatingly painful practice that causes bleeding and nausea. The doctors say: "Fundamental to doctors' responsibilities in attending a hunger striker is the recognition that prisoners have a right to refuse treatment.

    Doctors involved should be ashamed of themselves, they are in breach of their own ethics.

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