Letters Guantanamo force feeding trial

Force feeding at Guantanamo in first case brought to US federal court

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1270 (Published 10 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1270
  1. Sondra S Crosby, associate professor of medicine and public health1,
  2. Stephen N Xenakis, brigadier general (retired)2,
  3. Leonard H Glantz, professor of health law, bioethics and human rights3
  1. 1Boston University, Boston MA, USA
  2. 2Arlington, VA, USA
  3. 3Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA , USA
  1. scrosby{at}bu.edu

Kalk reported how South African doctors complied with ethical requirements outlined in the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Malta while caring for patients on hunger strike.1 2 Their refusal to forcibly feed patients starkly contrasts with the practices of military doctors and other health professionals at Guantanamo Bay.

Despite more than 10 years of controversy around hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Wa’el Dhiab was the first to bring …

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