More detainees join Guantanamo Bay hunger strike Sara R. Parsowith at 7:20 AM ET
[JURIST] The latest Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] hunger strike has expanded to include 131 participants and is now at its largest point since the protest began a month ago, a military official said Thursday. According to the military, the latest strike began on August 8 with 76 detainees protesting poor conditions and abusive treatment at the detention facility. A total of twenty-one detainees are now hospitalized [JURIST report] with twenty being force fed via feeding tubes. The detainees are accused of having ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban regime and most have been held in the prison for three years without being formally charged. The Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website], a New York-based human rights group, has said that as many as 210 detainees are participating in the hunger strike [CCR report, PDF], which is motivated by the military's non-compliance with promises to bring the prison in line with standards [JURIST report] required by the Geneva Conventions [ICRC backgrounder] if prisoners agreed to end a first hunger strike that began in June. AP has more.
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