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US immigration authorities admit to force feeding detained hunger striking migrants

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l629
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

US Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) has acknowledged that it is force feeding 10 detainees who are on hunger strike at a facility in El Paso, Texas.

Nine of the detainees are from India, and one is from Nicaragua. One of the detainees, a 22 year old man from India, called the Associated Press (AP) to describe the process.

Three times a day he is removed from his cell and dragged to a bed, where he is strapped down. he …

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