Guantanamo detainees who attempted suicide recovering

[JURIST] A US military spokesperson said Tuesday that the condition of two of the Guantanamo Bay detainees who attempted suicide [JURIST report] last week is improving and both are expected to make full recoveries. The two men, neither of whom were prescribed antidepressants, overdosed on anti-anxiety medication they had stockpiled in an attempted suicide. On the same day, other detainees also seemed to attempt suicide, but military officials determined [press release, PDF] this was a "a ruse to get the guards to enter the compound in order to be attacked." Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] officials have said that 25 Guantanamo prisoners have made 41 suicide attempts since the facility opened in 2003, but defense attorneys say the military is under-reporting suicide attempts. In November 2005, the repeated suicide attempts [JURIST report] of detainee Jumah Dossari [AI case sheet] were highly publicized.

In recent weeks, both the UN and the UK Attorney General [JURIST reports] have called for the detention center to close, though the Red Cross in April said that conditions have "greatly improved" [JURIST report] since the facility began operations. AP has more.



 

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