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1 day ago
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official fact sheet] announced Friday that one of the longest-held detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may now be released to his home country of Saudi Arabia. Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been on a nine-year hunger strike and would be released [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction [press release] over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 [bill profile] authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced the transfer[press release] of six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention center to Uruguay. This move is the result of a 2009 Executive Order [text] issued by President Obama [official profile] instructing the Guantanamo Bay Review … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted [press releases] the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced [DOD report] the release of Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda [ICD case profile] from the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, after nearly 13 years of imprisonment without a trial. Al Awda [NYT profile] is a 37-year-old citizen of … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Israel's Knesset Plenum [official website] on Tuesday announced [press release] their approval of the second and third readings of Parole Bill (amendment no. 14). The bill [Reuters report], proposed by MK Ayelet Shaked [official website], will limit the power of the government to free prisoners as part of foreign … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] has filed a motion [text PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release [JURIST report] of 28 videos showing the … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday ordered [opinion, PDF] the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab. Dhiab, a Syrian citizen, has been held at Guantanamo since 2002 … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center [JURIST backgrounder] will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will … [read more]


Features
31 Aug 2014

Since the military prison at Guantanamo Bay was first opened in January 2002, hunger strikes have been a frequent device used by the detainees to protest the conditions of the detention center and their general detainment. In 2005, one of many detainee hunger strikes produced a litigation battle over how … [read more]


Features
31 Aug 2014

Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel [official website] reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center [JURIST backgrounder] has refused to participate in the force feeding [press release] of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Alberta Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [text] Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US … [read more]

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