August 28, 2013 7:38 AM Subscribe
On Monday, August 19 - day 43 of the strike a federal judge approved a request by state and federal prison authorities to engage the controversial practice of force-feed striking prisoners.
A group of California prisoners are on day 52 of a hunger strike protesting procedures around solitary confinement. This post from July explains the background behind the hunger strike in detail.
Force-feeding has also been the controversial response to the continuing hunger strike by prisoners protesting conditions at Guantanamo Bay.
Human rights groups condemn the practice of force-feeding (in both locations).
“Force-feeding violates international law to the extent that it involves somebody who doesn’t give their consent,” Jules Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents 10 inmates suing to end prolonged solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison, told the APConcerns have been raised, in particular, over inhumane treatment during force-feeding procedures (again, in both locations).
While the hunger strike leaders come from a variety of racial background and have an explicit goal of racial unity, critiques of the US prison system in general and the California prison system in particular tie the present concerns in with historic injustices (via) from colonialism and slavery through the Jim Crow era and modern US economic and other policies.
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