Can an American be guilty of crimes against humanity? Is it possible that some American individual, or group, can be involved in the kind of offences that constitute a serious attack on human dignity, and/or a grave humiliation or degradation of human beings, as part of an ‘organised’ system? Can Americans be involved in torture; rape; political, racial or religious persecution, or other inhumane acts, as part of a widespread or systematic practice, as the International Criminal Court defines as crimes against humanity?
Does ‘Gitmo’ apply; the military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, established in 2002 by the American government to detain extraordinarily dangerous prisoners, interrogate them in an ‘optimal setting’, and to prosecute such prisoners for war crimes.
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Washington, June 19
A total of 150 doctors from different countries signed an open letter written to US President Barack Obama for an authorization to visit the 130 hunger strikers in the prison of Guantanamo, Cuba. In the text, published in the specialized magazine Lancet, the doctors assured the prisoners have good reasons to distrust from the health personnel in the prison, because they just fulfil orders from the military authorities.
“It is imperative for them to have access to receive independent medical tests. We offer our services to visit them, examine them and advise them, helping them in any way that can be acceptable for everyone,” said the doctors.
Consequences of forced feeding
The doctors expressed their concern for the life of some of the strikers because of the consequences of the so-called “forced feeding”, which they consider “extremely painful” in a territory taken from the Cuban sovereignty more than 100 years ago.
The military authorities handcuff 44 prisoners to a chair, put masks on them and insert in their mouths a tube more than 60 centimeters long to supply them liquid nutrients for two hours.
In this process, the authorities administer the prisoners high dosages of metoclopramide, Continue reading
Source:The Sydney Morning Herald
President George W. Bush’s administration engaged in torture after the September 11, 2001, attacks, a bipartisan panel says, blaming “the nation’s highest officials” for “allowing and contributing to the spread of torture”.
The 560-page report by a task force of the Washington-based Constitution Project also takes aim at the Obama administration for maintaining secrecy on past abuses and failing to prosecute acts of torture.
The task force – led by Republican Asa Hutchinson, a former Arkansas congressman and Homeland Security official under Mr Bush, and Democrat James Jones, a former Oklahoma congressman and US ambassador to Mexico in the Clinton administration – offered what it called the most comprehensive report so far on prisoner interrogations.
Human rights groups in the United States are preparing today (April 9 2013) new actions, to be held tomorrow, to express solidarity with the prisoners to protest inhumane conditions at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. The US organization Witness against Torture (WAT), The World Can’t Wait and the Center of Constitutional Rights convened the initiative also planned in solidarity with several prisoners on hunger strike for two months.